Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 23 June 2019

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MOL Endowment. Pictures: Keith Betts, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

MOL Endowment. Pictures: Keith Betts, featurig in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MOL Endowment.     Pictures: Keith Betts

Preceded by the harbour tug UMBILO (which provided a fountain of water to welcome the ship) is the Mitsui OSK Line / ONE vessel MOL ENDOWMENT (IMO 9333852). Built in 2007 the 62,949-dwt, 294-metre long by 32m wide ship may have been making a maiden visit to the port. MOL Endowment was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries at Ulsan, South Korea. The above pictures are by Keith Betts


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Economic Outlook

Map pf South Africa. Mape: CIA featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
South Africa.     Map: CIA

World economic growth weakened in 2018 with notable weaker performances in economies such as Europe and Asia. Global economic growth was 3,6 per cent in 2018, a 0,3 percentage point below what was initially projected. This slow economic growth was partly due to the escalation of US-China trade tensions, macroeconomic stress in Argentina and Turkey, disruptions to the auto sector in Germany and tighter credit policies in China.

With this economic weakness expected to persist through the first half of 2019, global economic growth is projected to decline further in 2019 to 3,3 per cent. Key risks remain the prolonged trade agreement from engagement between the US and China and the “no-deal” withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, which is a major risk for global expansions for short-term projections.

Despite weakened global economic performance, the South African economy experienced a further dis-connection from global developments. Domestic economic growth has weakened progressively for almost a decade from the 3,3 per cent seen in 2011. A combination of factors has contributed towards this economic slowdown. This prolonged low growth rate is an indication of an economic performance which continues to struggle under a string of mostly domestic structural constraints coupled with key policy uncertainties.

South Africa’s real GDP narrowly escaped recession in 2018 after recovering from two consecutive quarters of contraction. Domestic economic activities improved by 0,8 per cent compared to an upwardly revised 1,4 per cent growth (previously 1,3 per cent) seen in 2017. South African economic performance is expected to remain at low levels in 2019 after a further downward revision. However, the country’s real GDP is forecast to recover gradually over the next three years. Domestic economic activities are expected to improve by 1,2 per cent in 2019 and grow to 1,5 per cent and 1,7 per cent in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

A number of factors, mainly due to slow economic growth, had adverse effects on volume growth performance for commodities passing through our port system.

In the last financial year (FY2018/19), a number of commodities experienced volume contraction compared to the previous financial year. The most affected commodities were break-bulk and liquid bulk.

With anticipated persistent slow economic growth coupled with some global uncertainties, it remains unlikely that we will see any significant recoveries in volumes for FY2019/20.

Both break-bulk and liquid bulk are likely to remain at low growth levels, while other commodities are expected to show some improvement in the second half of the year. However, any significant recoveries across the port system are only likely to be seen once the domestic economic performance achieves a consistent convincing growth rate.

Figure 1: SA’s economic growth and outlook, featured in Africa PORTS &SHIPS maritime news
Figure 1: SA’s economic growth and outlook
Figure 2: Global economic growth and outlook, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Figure 2: Global economic growth and outlook



Contributed by Vukani Nkasa
Economic Analyst
Transnet National Ports Authority


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Post-Brexit hard choices

Samskip containes, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Pan-European multimodal service provider Samskip have indicated experience gained up to 31 March 2019 find it fully prepared for a North Sea container traffic surge, as attitudes harden in the run up to October’s revised UK Brexit deadline. (An illustration of Samskip’s traffic is provided here with thanks ©)

Europe’s largest multimodal transport group by freight volume reports that it expects UK exporters and importers to start switching away from trailers and towards containerisation, repeating a trend established in the run-up to the original deadline for Brexit of 31 March this year.

David Besseling, Samskip UK Trade Manager commented: “We saw a significant push in container volumes up to March 2019, especially into Hull, as decision-makers facing uncertainty opted for…

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The End Of Alliances Would See Freight Rates Skyrocket – SeaIntelligence Consulting

Picture Triple-E class Maersk McKinney Moller. Alliances are the only way that carriers can operate ultra-large container ships (ULCVs) effectively - Lars Jensen, report carried in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture Triple-E class Maersk McKinney Moller. Alliances are the only way that carriers can operate ultra-large container ships (ULCVs) effectively – Lars Jensen

Shipper opposition to the operation of deep sea liner shipping alliances may be dangerously misplaced, delegates at the TOC Container Supply Chain event in Rotterdam heard on Wednesday.

Lars Jensen, Chief Executive and partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, said that efforts by some to bar container lines from operating in alliances, claiming that they have become anti-competitive – such as the International Transport Forum’s report earlier this year – would result in freight rates “skyrocketing”.

The EU’s Block Exemption Regulation (BER), which is the de facto legislation covering liner alliances and vessel sharing agreements (VSAs) on container trades to and from Europe, is set to expire on 25 April next year, and European Commission regulators are currently assessing whether to extend it for a further five years.

“If the anti-trust exemption isn’t extended that doesn’t necessarily mean that shipping lines can’t run alliances, it may well just mean that the lines have higher hoops that they have to jump through, and I have no doubt that they will do that, but it will mean a lot in legal costs and the carriers will have to recoup those costs and the only way they can do that is through higher rates,” Mr Jensen said.

“However, if shipping alliances are outlawed altogether then freight rates will skyrocket because alliances are the only way that carriers can operate ultra-large container ships (ULCVs) effectively.”

He explained that on its own Maersk Line could only run two Asia-Europe services a week with its fleet, and even then it would have a much more limited port rotation than currently under its 2M alliance with MSC.

MSC Benedetta. Picture courtesy: Shipspotting, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Benedetta. Picture courtesy: Shipspotting

“I think you would see these services calling at just three Chinese export ports and making three main European port calls.”

“And MSC is in the same situation.

“Now, if you are shipping from Shanghai container yard to Rotterdam container yard then that’s fine, rates will stay relatively low, but for any other origin or destination you will have to use far more transshipment than currently used and shippers will be faced with an enormous jump in freight rates.

“So I am of the opinion that shippers should pray that lines are allowed to continue to operate alliances.” he said.

TOC Europe was being held at Ahoy, Rotterdam.


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Mozambique and Block or Area 4, which is one of the areas where ExxonMobil is highly active, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mozambique and Block or Area 4, which is one of the areas where ExxonMobil is highly active

It was reported from Maputo, Mozambique on Wednesday, 19 June that ExxonMobil will provide US$3 million to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to design and administer programmes that improve social and economic development in Mozambique.

The collaboration was announced by Administrator Mark Green at the 2019 Corporate Council on US-Africa Business Summit.

In the words of Liam Mallon, president of ExxonMobil Upstream Oil & Gas Company: “This effort will leverage the combined expertise and…

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French container shipping line CMA CGM has announced an enhancement of its US Gulf to West Africa service that operates from the US port of Houston to ports in West Africa.

Commencing from 15 July 2019 with the sailing of…


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Windsor Adventure being brought alongside berth 1 at Port Elizabeth this week, the first time the ship which is registered in the port on the South African Registry, has called at PE. Picture is courtesy TNPA and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Windsor Adventure being brought alongside berth 1 at Port Elizabeth this week, the first time the ship which is registered in the port on the South African Registry, has called at PE. Picture is courtesy TNPA

The port of Port Elizabeth says it is proud to be home port of the latest merchant ship to be registered on the South African Ship Register.

Yesterday Africa PORTS & SHIPS reported on the Tuesday docking in Port Elizabeth of the bulk carrier WINDSOR ADVENTURE (IMO 9339959, making her first visit to the Nelson Mandela Bay port since becoming flagged and registered in South Africa, with Port Elizabeth as the home port. See HERE.

In a statement issued earlier on Thursday, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), Port Elizabeth said this marked a further step in South Africa’s drive to be recognised as a maritime nation in line with the South African government’s Operation Phakisa, whose main aim is to unlock the potential of the ocean’s economy.

The Windsor Adventure docked in PE on Tuesday, 18 June 2019, at around 06h30 at berth 13. The vessel is capable of transporting 56,000 metric tons of cargo.

Windsor Adventure was fittingly welcomed with a ceremony by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) who has been leading the concerted efforts to rebuild the country’s ship register. TNPA commemorated the arrival of the vessel with a ceremonial plaque handover.

Port Elizabeth Port Manager, Mr Rajesh Dana added: “The Port of Port Elizabeth is proud and honoured to be the registered home port for the Windsor Adventure. We congratulate Vuka Marine on the registration of the Windsor Adventure.

“We celebrate this historic event and note its significance, not only to the Port of Port Elizabeth, but the country at large as it marks the catalytic growth in the South African Ship Registry and once again solidifies the attractiveness of the ports in Nelson Mandela Bay as a strategic maritime node and its potential to exploit the Blue Oceans Economy.”

Windsor Adventure is Canadian-owned and is chartered by Vuka Marine, a South African Bulk Shipping Company, a joint venture between Via Maritime Holdings of South Africa and K-Line of Japan. “Vuka Marine has shown great commitment to the South African Ship Register as a catalyst for the promotion of job creation and maritime skills development amongst others,” TNPA said in its statement.


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Africa Mercy arriving in Durban for extensive repairs in September 2010 that included installing new generators. Picture: Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Africa Mercy arriving in Durban for extensive repairs in September 2010 that included installing new generators.     Picture: Terry Hutson

After a successful volunteer program in 2018, two more Stena Line employees are preparing for a three-month adventure, joining the Mercy Ships hospital ship AFRICA MERCY.

Two of Stena Line’s able seamen, Martina Thowsen and Alexander Gustafsson, are joining Mercy Ships’ hospital ship Africa Mercy as volunteers. And in addition to fundraising and raising awareness for the humanitarian NGO, Stena Line aims to contribute the unique technical and naval competence held by its employees.

Thowsen and Gustafsson will be commencing their journey in the Las Palmas ship yard where the hospital ship Africa Mercy is scheduled for maintenance before continuing the journey down to the coast of Senegal. Exactly what their specific tasks will be depends on the ship’s needs at that time, but the two say they are up for the challenge.

“I feel very prepared for what is yet to come and want to thank my colleagues at Stena Line who have shared with me their very valuable experience and knowledge,” said Gustafsson, an able seaman on STENA NAUTICA, operating the Varberg – Grenaa route.

There are more than 200 different roles required to run the Africa Mercy and even though medical care is an enormous part of it, other professions are needed as well, such as carpenters, mechanics, security officers and chefs to mention just a few. Onboard there will be around 50 different nationalities sharing their knowledge and onboard experiences.

“I am looking forward to meeting people from other cultures and countries, but most of all I am looking forward to contributing to this great cause,” said Martina Thowsen, able seaman on STENA SCANDINAVICA, operating the Gothenburg – Kiel route.

“Even though I’m not working with the medical care team, on Africa Mercy I will still be a part of helping to improve people’s lives,” she said.

The volunteer program is part of Stena Line’s sustainability strategy, which bridges over all three dimensions of sustainability; economical, ecological and social. The program was launched in 2017 and employees from all eight of the shipping company’s regions are encouraged to apply.

In accordance with Mercy Ship´s values, all volunteers work for free. However, Stena Line guarantees leave of absence and provides overhead expenses and all necessary vaccinations.

Since 2017, Stena Line has been a proud sponsor of the humanitarian organisation Mercy Ships, which sails fully equipped hospital ships operated by volunteers delivering free, life-saving medical care to countries that need it the most.* The aim of the partnership is to raise awareness of Mercy Ships, increase the interest in donations among Stena Line’s customers and partners, as well as promote volunteering among employees to share their unique technical and naval competence.
* Readers may remember Africa Mercy’s two visits to Durban for repairs and dry docking in 2010 and again in 2015. She also called at several other ports including Cape Town.


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Manganese trains, which can be up to 4km in length, on the railway from the Northern Cape to the port at Saldanha, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Manganese trains, which can be up to 4km in length, on the railway from the Northern Cape to the port at Saldanha

Transnet SOC Limited has signed yet another Manganese Export Capacity Allocation (MECA 2) contract with United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK), the 4th largest manganese producer in South Africa.

The seven-and-a-half-year contract is worth over R8 billion and will allow UMK an allocation of both rail and port capacity through the different manganese export channels in South Africa.

The allocation agreement is inclusive of the transportation, storage, and loading on-board a vessel of…


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MSC Gayane. Picture:, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Gayane. Picture:

US authorities have seized seven containers loaded with 16.5 tons of cocaine on board a Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) vessel, MSC GAYANE, at the Port of Philadelphia, USA.

The seized drugs have an estimated value of US$1 billion, according to federal prosecutors, and was described as “one of the largest drug seizures in United States history” by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William McSwain.

The drugs were discovered on Monday 17 June, following which one of the ship’s deck officers, identified in reports as Ivan Durasevic and a crew member were arrested. Durasevic reportedly admitted being responsible for bringing the drugs on board for which he was paid $50,000.

Prior to arriving in the United States MSC Gayane had travelled to Chile, Panama and the Bahamas.

In a statement MSC said it was aware of the reports involving the seizure of illicit cargo, which it took very seriously “…and is grateful to the authorities for identifying any suspected abuse of its services.

“Unfortunately, shipping and logistics companies are from time to time affected by trafficking problems. MSC has a longstanding history of cooperating with U.S. federal law enforcement agencies to help disrupt illegal narcotics trafficking and works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

“MSC is committed to working with authorities and industry groups worldwide to improve the security of the international supply chain and ensure that illegal practices are dealt with promptly and thoroughly by the relevant authorities.”


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Kribi port MPT when under early development, Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Kribi port MPT when under early development

The Philippine-headquartered International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) has been selected as preferred bidder for the concession to develop, operate and manage the multi-purpose terminal at the Cameroon port of Kribi for a period of 25 years.

In a disclosure to the Cameroon stock exchange on Monday this week, ICTSI stated: “On 14th of June 2019, ICTSI has been declared…

Port de Kribi when in full operation, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port de Kribi when in full operation (artist’s impression)


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US company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has announced approval for a US$25 billion liquefied natural gas project in the Rovuma Basin in northern Mozambique.

Anadarko Banner featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

A project of this scale will help transform the economy of Mozambique, one of the world’s poorest and beset with financial challenges arising from recent cyclones in the central and northern regions of the country, as well as irregular corrupt dealings in a fishing and security investment that is posing problems for Mozambique’s sovereign status.

Together with its co-venturers in the Offshore Area 1, Anadarko provided the Mozambique Government with notice that all conditions have been fulfilled, and that the project can now advance to the construction phase.

The official declaration of the Financial Investment Decision (FID) was made on Tuesday (18 June) at a sanctioning event in Maputo, attended by the President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi, the Minister of Mineral Resources Ernesto Max Tonela, and Anadarko’s Chairman and CEO Al Walker, along with representatives from the Area 1 co-venturers and guests.

“This is a historic day for the people of Mozambique,” President Nyusi said. “Today’s sanctioning of the Anadarko-led Area 1 Mozambique LNG project solidifies a path toward the creation of thousands of jobs for our people, significant economic growth for our nation, and the potential to be one of the world’s largest providers of cleaner energy for decades to come. It is truly one of the most important and transformational projects in our country’s history.”

Anadarko Chairman and CEO, Al Walker called it “….an exciting day for Mozambique and for our partnership, bringing us a step closer to making Mozambique’s first onshore LNG facility a reality.

“The Anadarko-led Area 1 Mozambique LNG project has come a long way from our first discovery to FID for the construction of the initial two-train development project. I want to say a collective ‘thank you’ to the world-class LNG team we have assembled at Anadarko, our co-venturers, long-term foundation customers, lenders, the people of the Cabo Delgado region, and the Government of Mozambique.”

Walker said that as the world increasingly seeks cleaner forms of energy, the Anadarko-led Area 1 Mozambique LNG project is ideally located to meet growing demand, particularly in expanding Asian and European markets. “We look forward to safely executing the next phase of this project for the long-term benefit of Mozambique, its people, our partnership, and our customers.”

The Anadarko-led Area 1 Mozambique LNG project will be Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development, initially consisting of two LNG trains with total nameplate capacity of 12.88 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to support the development of the Golfinho/Atum fields located entirely within Offshore Area 1.

The project has successfully secured in aggregate 11.1 MTPA of long-term LNG sales (representing 86% of the plant’s nameplate capacity) with key LNG buyers in Asia and in Europe. Additionally, the project is expected to have a significant domestic gas component for in-country consumption to help fuel future economic development.

Mozambique Rovumo Basin Block 1 Area, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mozambique Rovumo Basin Block 1 Area

First Mover

Anadarko’s Area 1 Mozambique LNG project has been previously designated as ‘First Mover’ by the Government of Mozambique, meaning Area 1 will also be responsible for constructing the support facilities to be shared between Area 1 and Area 4 projects, which will include the Materials Offloading Facility and the LNG Marine Terminal.

In addition, Area 1 has approximately 5,000 workers already on-site progressing works associated with the construction of a resettlement village, camp expansion, airstrip, and Palma-Afungi Highway.

Notices to Proceed

Following Tuesday’s ceremony, the project expects to soon issue Notices to Proceed under the terms of the previously executed engineering, construction, procurement and installation contracts and finalise financing.

Other groups involved in gas exploration and production in northern Mozambique include Italy’s ENI and the Exxon-led Rovuma LNG – the latter is in operation next to Anadarko and has announced plans for a 15.2 million ton a year facility.

ENI which has been in the region for about the longest announced a $7 billion project in 2017.


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Windsor Adventure, picture courtesy: Shipspotting - Steve Geronazzo, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Windsor Adventure.    Picture : courtesy:Shipspotting – Steve Geronazzo

It was a big day for the Port of PE (Port Elizabeth) on Tuesday this week when a BULK CARRIER vessel WINDSOR ADVENTURE (IMO 9339959) arrived in the port with the port of registry on her stern showing up as Port Elizabeth.

The 55,975-dwt vessel, built in 2008, is owned by Canadian interests and managed and operated by Fairmont Shipping Canada.

Although the ship has been in the South African Registry for some little while, this was the Windsor Adventure’s first…


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Diamond Highway., featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Diamond Highway.

Yet another car carrier Ro-Ro vessel, K-Line’s DIAMOND HIGHWAY (IMO 9293636) has been abandoned at sea by her crew after the ship caught fire.

The 60,175-gt Panamanian-flagged ship was in the South China Sea near the northeastern end of the contested Spratly Islands when the fire broke out late on Sunday night.

After fighting the blaze the crew of 25 took the decision to abandon ship and her picked up by a bulk carrier and are being taken to Thailand. There have been no reports of injuries or casualties among the crew.

Diamond Highway was en route from Singapore bound for Batangas in the Philippines. The ship was built in 2004 and is owned and managed by K Line RoRo Bulk Ship Management Co.


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Ingwenya, one of two dredgers on auction tomorrow (Thursday). Picture: Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Ingwenya, one of two dredgers on auction tomorrow (Thursday).     Picture: Terry Hutson

Although a rail company, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) also handles the sale by auction of various harbour craft belonging to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

The latest auction, No.142 includes a record number of harbour craft, some of which have been offered on previous auctions but either received no interest of failed to achieve set limits.

Sale No. 142 takes place once again by Internet with lots closing at 15h00 on that day.

Apart from the railway items on offer, consisting of locomotives, wagons, tank cars, bogies and sundry items for the rail network, the sale also has on offer tugs, two dredgers, and various harbour craft.

Of interest to the maritime world the sale has to offer the following vessels.

Lot 89 Pilot boat GANNET, Cape Town

Lot 90 Launch TROUPANT, Cape Town

Lot 91 Dredger INGWENYA, Durban (trailing suction hopper type)

Lot 92 Dredger CRANE Durban (grab crane type)

Lot 93 Tug IBHAYI, Port Elizabeth

Lot 94 Tug SHIRAZ, Port Elizabeth

Lot 95 Tug MARCUS, Saldanha

Lot 96 Pilot boat INYONI, Saldanha

Lot 97 Tug MEEUW, Saldanha

Lot 98 Tug UMZUMBE, Durban

Further details available CLICK HERE

Acknowledgments to Mr Peter Bagshawe of Port Shepstone for above details

Tug Meeuw undergoing her sea trials in 1977. Picture: Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tug Meeuw undergoing her sea trials in 1977.     Picture: Trevor Jones


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A bridge over the Umbeluzi River on the Goba railway, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
A railway bridge over the Umbeluzi River on the Goba railway

The state-owned Ports and Railways Company of Mozambique (CFM) has completed the renovation of two bridges on the Ressano Garcia railway line.

This is part of a project aimed at improving security for the transportation of people and cargo.

The Ressano line is the main strategic railway connecting the Mozambique port of Maputo with South Africa – Ressano Garcia being the border crossing on the Mozambique side. On the South African side the crossing is known as Komatipoort.

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RINA, which is one of the leading ship classification societies, has announced the release of a new, tamper-proof, version of its electronic logbook (ELB).

The innovative tool is the first of its kind to employ blockchain technology to provide a secure, traceable record of ship data for shipping companies wishing to…


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MAIB Accident Investigation Report 6/2019 issued

At about 17h50 on 18 January 2018, the prawn trawler NANCY GLEN (TT100) capsized and later sank in Lower Loch Fyne, Scotland. Weather conditions were benign, and rescuers were quickly at the scene; however, only one of the three crew survived.

Illustration: MAIB Crown Copyright 2019 ©Illustration: MAIB Crown Copyright 2019 ©, report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Fishing vessel Nancy Glen, Illustration: MAIB Crown Copyright 2019 ©

Nancy Glen was trawling at the time of the accident and the combined effect of a turn to starboard at the same time as the starboard net filling with mud caused the vessel to rapidly heel to starboard, then capsize.

It is understood from the report* by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) that through life modifications to the vessel had…..

Edited by Paul Ridgway

based on material kindly provided by MAIB


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Port Louis Harbour, Mauritius, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port Louis Harbour, Mauritius

According to the Budget Plan 2019-2020 by the Government of Mauritius, Port Louis harbour is to undergo additional dredging to a depth of 18 metres, which will make this the deepest port in the southern African region.

On account of frequent bad weather with rough sea conditions a new breakwater is to be constructed to enable safe navigation and less stoppages at the Indian Ocean island port.

The national budget has taken…


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ICS Member representatives at the 2019 AGM. Photo ICS ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
ICS Member representatives at the 2019 AGM.       Picture: ICS ©

At its 2019 AGM held in the Faroe Islands in week ending 15 June representatives of the world’s national shipowners’ associations reviewed the priorities of the global shipowners’ association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

Sadly, the ICS Annual General Meeting was overshadowed by the attacks against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the very serious threat this presents to the lives of seafarers and maritime trade.

Action on CO2 Reduction

ICS agreed a suite of actions in support of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to decarbonise international shipping in line with the United Nations 1.5 degree climate change goal.

Speaking from the Faroe Islands, ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson said: “It is imperative that IMO Member States adopt a new global regulation to mandate further short term CO2 reduction measures at the next session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee in 2020. This should deliver further CO2 reductions by 2023 to help us meet the IMO target set for 2030. We will work with a broad coalition of governments to produce a comprehensive proposal that can be submitted to IMO in September this year.”

Esben Poulsson, Chairman, ICS, speaking at the AGM. Picture: ICS ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Esben Poulsson, Chairman, ICS, speaking at the AGM. Picture: ICS ©

He continued: “The core of this proposal will be the Super SEEMP concept, whereby shipping companies globally will have to demonstrate they are doing absolutely everything possible to reduce fuel consumption, strictly enforced via flag state audits of Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans. But we also agreed to incorporate elements of the many other good proposals made by governments at the last round of IMO discussions on CO2 reduction in May.”

Poulsson added: “By coming forward with an early proposal for immediate adoption we wish to support continuing IMO leadership on GHG emissions and quickly incentivise further action by shipping companies. We do not wish to limit proper consideration of other ideas such as speed reduction or the use of new CO2 reduction technologies.”

Importance of R&D

The ICS AGM also confirmed the vital importance of research and development of zero-carbon fuels and propulsion systems that will be necessary to achieve the ambitious IMO target of cutting shipping’s total GHG emissions by 50% by 2050 regardless of maritime trade growth, and continuing to work with other industry stakeholders to explore how R&D can best be rapidly accelerated.

The 2020 Global Sulphur Cap

ICS members reiterated their commitment to the successful implementation of the IMO global sulphur cap from 1 January 2020, noting ICS’s plans to revise its comprehensive guidance to shipowners on ensuring compliance, to take account of recent IMO decisions. This is notwithstanding continuing uncertainty about the worldwide availability of safe and compliant low sulphur fuels, and the operational challenges associated with using new 0.5% max. sulphur blends.

Poulsson further commented: “Our meeting welcomed the decision of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee last week (5-14 June), at which ICS led shipowner representation, to adopt an MSC Resolution addressing safety and fuel quality issues associated with the sulphur cap.”

This MSC Resolution on Recommended Interim Measures to Enhance the Safety of Ships Relating to the Use of Oil Fuel means that bunker suppliers will be encouraged by maritime administrations to provide only low sulphur fuels that meet the latest ISO Standard, that is ISO 8217:2017 plus the ISO Publicly Available Specification (PAS 23263) which is currently still under development. In addition, the Resolution should result in administrations taking action against fuel suppliers whenever failures to provide safe fuel take place, with instances to be reported to IMO.

ICS remains concerned about continuing delays with the publication of the latest ISO Publicly Available Specification for low sulphur fuels, and related quality and safety issues where control depends on these standards being quickly finalised and distributed, given that the industry is only six months away from full global implementation.

Poulsson concluded by saying: “It is vital that everyone concerned including governments, ISO, oil producers and bunker suppliers redouble their efforts to ensure that safe and compatible fuels – including 0.5% blends for those ships that choose to use them – will be available in every port worldwide.”


The meeting elected Lasse Kristoffersen (Norway) as a new ICS Vice Chairman, serving alongside John Adams (Bahamas), Emanuele Grimaldi (Italy) and Mark Martecchini (Liberia) in support of the ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson (Singapore).

The 2019 ICS AGM was generously hosted by shipowners of the Faroe Islands.

The 2019 ICS Annual Review of developments affecting global shipping can be downloaded by: CLICKING HERE

Edited by Paul Ridgway


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Image released 17/06/2019 featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news4:18 pm. Id 422545. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©, featured in Africa
Image released 17/06/2019 4:18 pm. Id 422545. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©

On 17 June ESA marked the 25th anniversary of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCD*). Under its theme ‘Let’s grow the future together,’ the initiative celebrates the 25 years of progress made in sustainable land management.

One ambitious project – the Great Green Wall** – aims to improve life in Africa’s desert regions by planting a belt of trees across the entire width of the continent.

Once completed, the wall will be the largest living structure on the planet stretching across 20 countries – from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east.

By 2030, the initiative aims to have restored 100 million hectares of degraded land, sequestered 250 million tonnes of carbon and created 10 million green jobs.

Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, the image (processed by the European Space Agency-ESA) shown here is of the edge of the dry desert in west Africa contrasted with vegetated land.

Signs of land degradation can be seen as brighter “islands” around villages and to a lesser extent along roads and rivers showing bare soil and degraded vegetation.

ESA informs us that the image which they kindly have distributed shows parts of three African countries: Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.

Since the Green Wall started in 2007, progress has been made in restoring the Sahelian lands. In Senegal alone, almost 12 million trees have been planted, and 25,000 hectares of degraded land restored.

Desertification is the degradation of dry land ecosystems, owing to overexploitation through human activities and climate change. According to the UN, 12 million hectares of land is lost yearly because of desertification and drought, and 75 billion tonnes of fertile soil is lost due to land degradation.

Copernicus Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite mission. Each satellite carries a high-resolution camera that images Earth’s surface in 13 spectral bands. The mission is mostly used to track changes in the way land is being used and to monitor the health of vegetation.



Edited by Paul Ridgway


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Port of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Dar es Salaam

The Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam is now able to accommodate larger container ships following the reconstruction of berth 1 at the port.

The 191-metre long berth, which was officially inaugurated last week by Works, Transport and Communications Minister, Isack Kamwelwe, will now be able to accommodate ships of up to 6,000 TEU capacity.

A total of eight berths are under reconstruction in the programme aimed at improving facilities and port capacity, with the intention of…

Dar es Salaam port diagram with berths, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Dar es Salaam port diagram with berths


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Adonia. Picture: Terry Hutson
Adonia.   Picture: Terry Hutson

Preliminary results of an independent study presented by CE Delft, a research organisation in the Netherlands specialising in environmental issues, has indicated that accumulated concentrations of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS, or “scrubbers”) wash water components are at very low levels and well below applicable regulatory limits.

The study, presented to international delegates of the 74th session of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held in May in London, will help inform the current debate regarding the environmental impact of open loop scrubbers on the marine environment, and particularly on ports and harbours, says the Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020.

Along with a similar study conducted by…

Additional studies may be found Carnival/DNVGL 2018 Assessment of Washwater Quality


Japan MLIT 2018 “Impact of Open Loop EGCS on the Marine Environment”


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Picture: SAMSA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The democratization of South Africa’s ports space is among key goals of the establishment of the country’s Ports Consultative Committee (PCC).

The PCC is a statutory structure set up by the national government with a view to ensuring that all economic participants at the country’s major ports have equal access and contribution to management of the ports infrastructure and associated resources.

This is according to the PCC Secretariat, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) during the holding of the first ever meeting of Gauteng based ports stakeholders in Johannesburg recently.

Johannesburg is South Africa’s financial capital with several investors in the country’s ports based on or operating from the inland city.

The PCC was established by the Department of Transport in terms of sections 80(1)(a), (c), (d) and (g) of the National Ports Act, 2005 and has been operational in the country’s nine commercial ports for some time since.

The PCC’s presence and role also fulfills part of the mandate of the Ports Regulator of South Africa which requires that the regulator “must conduct a public participation process as part of the economic review in each of the ports, including conduct one or more public hearings in the manner set out in the Directives issued by the Regulator in terms of the Act.”

In this year’s round of ports stakeholder consultations involving roadshows from Richards Bay in the east coast through to Saldanha Bay in the west coast, the PCC for the first time included Gauteng based ports stakeholders, with a meeting held at a venue near O.R Tambo international airport.

Also attending the meeting was Mr Mahesh Fakir, Chief Executive Officer of the Ports Regulator of South Africa. He explained his role in the National Ports Consultative Committee which he described as that of an observer who contributes in discussions if requested to do so, but “is not be permitted to participate in any voting or raise any objections to any action, decision, or advice proposed to be taken or given by the Committee.”

Visit the SAMSA blog for video links to speeches by SAMSA’s Ms Selma Schwarz-Clausen and the Ports Regulator, Mr Mahesh Fakir CLICK HERE


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Test ship at the new MPS Terminal 3. All pictures courtesy MPS, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Test ship at the new MPS Terminal 3.     All pictures courtesy MPS

In a real-life simulation Meridian Port Services (MPS) Limited has successfully docked a test vessel alongside the Quay at the new Tema MPS Terminal 3.

The ship is the first container vessel to be handled at the new harbour basin in Ghana’s main container port of Tema. She was smoothly brought alongside by the Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA) Harbour Master and his pilots with the support of the harbour crafts, navigating through the newly dredged entrance channel and safely alongside the first of the new berths.

In attendance to witness the occasion were the various port and related authorities including Customs, Immigration, Health etc.

Meridian’s state-of-the-art terminal is fully equipped with different infrastructure and equipment to ensure smooth and efficient handling of vessels.

The principal objective for operating the simulation was to run a full-scale test of the port and its services while providing training for the staff in readiness for the Go-Live on 26 June.

The Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Port Services Ltd, Mohamed Samara explained that the MPS Operations Team are shifting gears from systems and equipment commissioning to integrated testing and now simulating a full-fledged container terminal operation between yard and vessel.

Mr Cyrille Lemee who is the Head of Business Transition said that the overall scope of the test will involve testing not just operations at the waterfront and yard but also more importantly the Terminal Operating System (TOS) and the full planning process of receipts and delivery. “Subsequently, we would put together results from this trial operations, analyse them, identify all gaps and prepare for the next vessel call.”

Operations manager Emmanuel Ohene Addo said there would be further simulated tests ahead of the Go-Live although so far the training process has yielded the expected results. “We expect more improvements going forward especially during this time when we run simulations using test vessels.”

Project Director Mark Nolet that the construction process was ongoing and would continue beyond the Go-Live of 26 June. The testing and Go-Live will not have any impact on construction, he said. “We hope to achieve our targets of completing the 2nd Phase of the project in record time as we are already two years ahead of schedule.”
CEO Mr Samara said the cost of chartering vessels for the testing process among other costs came to almost US$250,000. “That being said, when it comes to training, the cost involved cannot be compared to the benefits that would be gained.”

The Tema Port Expansion Project is spearheaded by MPS and aims at becoming the biggest and most efficient container terminal on the Western Coast of Africa. With a deep water draft of 16 metres, it has the potential to catapult Africa (and particularly West Africa) into a different level in the world shipping industry by creating new service routes & connections and opening up the market for Africa.

It would also reduce freight costs and position Ghana as a model maritime nation.

The terminal will have the capacity for a throughput of 2 million TEUs upon opening of phase 1 and 3.7million TEUs upon its full completion.


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Pictures of Family Fun Day taken at Tema MPS Terminal 3:  courtesy MPS, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pictures of Family Fun Day taken at Tema MPS Terminal 3:  courtesy MPS

On Saturday 8th June, with 20 days to Go-Live at the new Tema Port Terminal-3, Meridian Port Services Ltd held a Family Fun Day in which the day was set aside for members of staff to bring their families to the new port for a first-hand experience of the operations of the port. The Fun Day also provided an opportunity for family to experience and better understand what their family members do on a day-to-day basis.

A total of about 1500 family members were taken on specialised tours to see the newly completed berths of Phase 1 with the sophisticated quay cranes engaged in test operations. They were also taken round the yard where the electronic rubber tyre gantry cranes (e-RTGs) have been installed and they also had a full appreciation of the ancillary buildings and technology that has been deployed at various parts of the Port.

“This is an eye opener for me. I know my husband works in the Harbour but this family day has afforded me the opportunity to really see how port operations in motion,” said the spouse of one of the employees. “Today is my first time of seeing these huge cranes and how containers are loaded and discharged from a ship. I have gained some knowledge of what goes on in the Tema Harbour and so I would say this event is really worth it,” she said.

“We wanted to have a day where the team at MPS could have a time with their family as well as for them to familiarise with the New Port before we kick-start activities on 28 June. It’s so important that families are aware of what goes on in here, where their loved ones work which is the main reason for planning this event. We believe everyone who attended is having a never experienced time in their lives.

“It’s about connecting all the people that work together at MPS and preparing for a thriving future.”

Tema Terminal 3 Family Fun Day at the port, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news, picture courtesy MPS


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