Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 15 September 2019

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FRONT PAGE: ORION LEADER

Orion KLeader arriving at Durban, August 2019, picture by Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

ORION LEADER arriving at Durban. Picture: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
ORION LEADER.    Pictures: Keith Betts

NYK’s Ro-Ro car carrier ORION LEADER (IMO 9182289) was a recent caller at Durban and is seen here entering the port. Built in 1999 at the Japanese Marugame Yard in Marugame, the 200-metre long, 32m wide ship is owned by a Panamanian-registered Campbell Shipholding but is listed as being care of the ship managers and operators, NYK Shipmanagement. Capable of carrying up to 5,066 motor cars the 57,542-gt Orion Leader, which forms part of the NYK fleet, flies the Japanese flag.     These pictures are by Keith Betts

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YOU ARE INVITED TO DAMEN MARITIME FESTIVAL 2019

Damen Workboat Show is rebranded as Damen Maritime Festival

Damen Workboat Festival, now renamed Damen Maritime Festival, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Damen Workboat Festival, now renamed Damen Maritime Festival

Damen Shipyards Group is once again holding its one-day-only annual industry networking event at its headquarters at Gorinchem in the Netherlands.

Following three successful editions as the Damen Workboat Show, this year it has been rebranded as the Damen Maritime Festival to better reflect the full Damen product range as well as the day’s lively atmosphere and will take place on…

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CRUISE SHIP MSC MAGNIFICA TO BE STRETCHED

MSC Magnifica, which is featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Magnifica

Following the successful stretching (lengthening) of the Lirica class of MSC cruise ships (MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera) during 2014-2015, MSC Cruises has now decided to lengthen or stretch MSC MAGNIFICA.

Twenty-three metres will be added to the vessel, providing 215 new cabins, of which 92 will have balconies, and this will be completed in time for the ship’s 2021 northern summer season operating out of Southampton. The project provides an additional 800m2 of sundeck, a totally new water park, a redesigned kids area, plus additional features such as two new restaurants and a new shopping area.

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MORE MEDIVACS FROM SHIPS AT SEA FOR NSRI

Table Bay NSRI medical patient evacuation at sea, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS mariitme news

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has again been called out to assist with evacuating ill or injured seafarers from ships at sea off the South African coast.

In one of two recent incidents, Port Elizabeth station was called out last Thursday, 12 September at 19h17 to rendezvous with and evacuate a crewman on a passing oil tanker that had diverted towards Port Elizabeth. The crewman had become ill and following discussions by radio with medical officers ashore the decision was…

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THE CONSUMER TO BE AWARE OF THE SEAFARER

Digital shoppers must understand the vital role shipping plays in delivering their goods, Princess Royal tells industry leaders

At left Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK, introducing HRH The Princess Royal to, from the right: Lord Mountevans; Maritime Minister Nushrat Ghani MP; Transport Minister Grant Shapps MP, and HE Kitack Lim, Secretary General of IMO. Picture: Maritime UK / LISW ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
At left Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK, introducing HRH The Princess Royal to, from the right: Lord Mountevans; Maritime Minister Nushrat Ghani MP; Transport Minister Grant Shapps MP, and HE Kitack Lim, Secretary General of IMO. Picture: Maritime UK / LISW ©

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of Maritime UK, demonstrated the importance of London International Shipping Week (LISW) by attending a VIP reception at Banqueting House, in Whitehall, on the evening of 10 September.

With her usual wit, charm and insight, Princess Anne spoke knowledgeably about the international maritime sector, the role of the seafarer, and modern global trade.

Addressing those among the 500 guests believed to have ‘real faith in the digital world,’ HRH raised a laugh by saying: “Feel free – I think we need a backup.”

Outlining the important role LISW plays in raising awareness of the depth and breadth of the maritime sector, she commented: “The digital world is an interesting one and it’s quite ‘press button’. Somehow we’ve got to get across to those online shoppers that it doesn’t arrive from so far through the ether – it has to find slightly more prosaic ways of getting there.”

To the assembled company she said: “You represent the vast majority of the method by which they receive the things that they press the button for. This week is a really important part of understanding where our investments need to go.”

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of Maritime UK. Photo: Maritime UK / LISW ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of Maritime UK. Photo: Maritime UK / LISW ©

Her Royal Highness, a great supporter of the maritime sector, seafarers and the Royal Navy, added: “As an island we definitely need to understand the critical value of the sea to us and, as an island nation how to deal with it, and what it means to us in a much wider capacity.”

She advised: “If we want our trade to travel at sea, then the people who do that and the ships that they’re in, need to be as good as they can, so the people that back them up, the skills that they need, and the innovations that need to go with that to develop safer ways of transporting our goods by sea will remain a key to all of your interests.”

To the audience of shipping industry leaders, she concluded by saying: “It is hugely encouraging to know that there are so many of you who have accepted the invitation to come and raise the profile of the maritime sector globally. I’m delighted that you are making this week what it is – an international event.”

The reception, hosted by HM Government and Maritime UK, formally welcomed the many industry leaders and overseas Ambassadors to London for this premier shipping industry event, which features more than 200 meetings, seminars, conferences and round tables.

Speeches were also given by the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP; Rt Hon Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime; Lord Mountevans, Chair of the LISW Board of Advisors, and Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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FOURTH PROPULSION REVOLUTION: ICS REACHES BEYOND THE SHIPPING COMMUNITY

Third from right Rt Hon Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime, Department for Transport with the panel. Illustrations kindly provided by ICS ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Third from right Rt Hon Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime, Department for Transport with the panel. Illustrations kindly provided by ICS ©

On 11 September as part of LISW* a packed house of delegates in London was confronted with the reality of powering global trade without the use of fossil fuels.

At the International Chamber of Shipping’s 2019 Conference – Setting Course for 2050: Powering Global Trade, more than 30 influential speakers from around the world challenged the shipping community to fully explore the options open to the industry and the decisions it faces – decisions which will have implications beyond the sector’s own boardrooms.

Professor Anders Hammer Strømman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Professor Anders Hammer Strømman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Speakers included the Rt Hon Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime, Department for Transport; HE Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO; the Rt Hon The Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission; Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas, CEO of the Green Finance Institute and Emanuele Grimaldi, President and Managing Director, Grimaldi Group S.p.A.

One of the most sobering statements came at the beginning of the day from Professor Anders Hammer Strømman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change who reminded the audience that: “Depending on the amount of CO2 released, between 15 to 40% of emitted CO2 will remain in the atmosphere for up to 2,000 years.”

Emanuele Grimaldi, President and Managing Director, Grimaldi Group S.p.A., featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Emanuele Grimaldi, President and Managing Director, Grimaldi Group S.p.A.

In his opening remarks on behalf of ICS Emanuele Grimaldi reflected on the challenge ahead and the ground-breaking agreement on CO2 emissions concluded in April last year, known as The Paris Agreement for Shipping. He reminded the audience that we (the shipping community) are embarking on the most important transformation to face the maritime sector since the transition from sail to steam saying: “We all know that change is coming and as in all business the winners will be those who identify the opportunities and make the right decisions.”

He added: “It represents a fundamental transformation in the business of shipping, something that we at ICS call the Fourth Propulsion Revolution.”

Acknowledging the panel of speakers he concluded with: “What is also clear is that we can’t do it alone. Without the support of consumers, policymakers, the finance community and suppliers the Fourth Propulsion Revolution will be stifled. We must all work together to mitigate the risk of transformation. Risk is our common language. And we need to reach beyond our own community to ensure that the risk is equitably allocated and priced.”

The packed agenda covered climate science, research and development, finance, policy instruments and the role of the Global Maritime Value Chain.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

* LISW: London International Shipping Week

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BOSKALIS AWARDED COASTAL PROTECTION CONTRACTS IN UK & EUROPE

Durban's 5-mile stretch of golden sands - vulnerable to ocean surges, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Durban’s 5-mile stretch of golden sands, the ‘Golden Mile’ – vulnerable to ocean surges

Although these contracts involve the northern hemisphere they should be of interest to those of us in parts of Africa that are susceptible to climatic changes and coastal surges and flooding – as have been experienced in parts of eastern South Africa in recent years.

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has been awarded two contracts aimed at strengthening and protecting a stretch of seafront coastline from erosion in the United Kingdom and Romania. The contracts carry…

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MARINE INTERIORS OPENS ITS DOORS FOR THE FIRST TIME – VIDEO

Sustainability is a major issue in the interior design and construction of passenger ships. For the first time, there is now an international trade fair in Hamburg for the growing market of ship interiors.

The cruise industry is booming and so is the interior design market. Cruise ships, ferries and river cruise ships are also making their way towards sustainability when it comes to interior fittings.

At MARINE INTERIORS on the railing of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, numerous suppliers are presenting their sustainable concepts. MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo, powered by SMM, is this week taking place for the first time, between 11 to 13 September 2019.

It is the first trade fair in Europe dedicated specifically to the interior design of cruisers. 1,500 industry experts from 56 countries are already in attendance.

Here is a short video clip on this topic, courtesy MARINE INTERIORS [1:51].

Watch also the timelapse of AIDAprima Cruise Ship Construction & Christening that follows.

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DAMEN SHIPYARDS ORDERS ENGINE ROOM PUMP SYSTEM FOR NEW DEBMARINE SHIP

New De Beers Mining diamond recovery vessel under construction by Damen Shipyards, featured if Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Damen Shipyards Group says it has contracted PG Flow Solutions to deliver an engine room pump system to an offshore mining vessel the shipbuilder is building for De Beers Marine Namibia (Debmarine).*

Liquid handling and pump specialist PG Flow Solutions will supply a complete engine room pump system to the vessel, including fuel oil transfer pumps and fresh water transfer pumps, associated equipment, spare parts and service.

All equipment will be assembled and tested at PG Flow Solutions’ headquarters in Sande, Vestfold, Norway. The company has not disclosed the value of its contract.

“We have delivered close to 2,000 engine and utility pump installations over the past four decades, but not to that many diamond recovery vessels,” says Øyvind Berg, vice president of sales and marketing at PG Flow Solutions.

“However, it is the same principles that apply, and we are confident of making another high-quality delivery to Damen Shipyards Group, which we have a long-standing relationship with.”

Once completed, the vessel will be the one of the most technologically advanced marine diamond recovery vessels in the world. It will be 177 metres long and constructed from a Marin Teknikk design. On-board features include a dynamic positioning system based on a seven-thruster propulsion system powered by six generators of 3230 eKW each.

Completion in Cape Town

Damen Shipyards Mangalia will construct the vessel platform, which will then sail on its own keel to Cape Town, South Africa, where De Beers Marine will install the mission equipment and integrated into the vessel.

The vessel is expected to deliver first diamond production in Q2 2022 offshore Namibia.

* See our earlier report Debmarine contracts Damen to build seventh diamond recovery vessel

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GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, RESPONSE CONTINUES

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and Coast Guard Cutter Legare continue to provide support of search and rescue and humanitarian aid in the Bahamas. The Coast Guard is supporting the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency and the Royal Bahamian Defence Force, who are leading search and rescue efforts in the Bahamas. US Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Hunter Medley, US Coast Guard District 7. USN ©, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and Coast Guard Cutter Legare continue to provide support of search and rescue and humanitarian aid in the Bahamas. The Coast Guard is supporting the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency and the Royal Bahamian Defence Force, who are leading search and rescue efforts in the Bahamas. US Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Hunter Medley, US Coast Guard District 7. USN ©

Coast Guard Hurricane Dorian response operations continue in support of the Bahamas.

USCG Newsroom reported at 22h10 BST on 11 September that as of 09h00 local time that day Coast Guard crews had rescued 406 people in the Bahamas since the Hurricane Dorian response began.

Two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters are operating out of Andros Island, Bahamas and two Coast Guard cutters are conducting search and rescue missions, area assessments and providing logistical support.

Coast Guard assets will remain in the Bahamas as part of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OBAT). The Coast Guard remains poised to send aircraft and cutters back into the Bahamas to assist with urgent search and rescue needs.

Furthermore, it was reported that Coast Guard is supporting the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, who are leading search and rescue efforts

Donation facilities

With respect to donations I understand that private donations to the hurricane response effort can be made by contact with The Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance.

See: www.cidi.org/hurricane-dorian/#.XW_C6k01tnI
Or contact can be made with OFDA by e-mail to: nemadonations@bahamas.gov.bs
or by telephone on: +1 call 242 323 5394
or: www.bahamasredcross.org/donate

Government agencies may contact DORIANRMT_DMC@ofda.gov

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

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SOUTH AFRICAN DENRICK MOOS TAKES THE HELM OF NIGERIA’S PTOL

New dynamic team of managers

PTOL management team, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

A new dynamic management team under the leadership of South African Denrick Moos has been appointed to reposition and operate Ports and Terminal Operators (Nigeria) Limited (PTOL), a Nigerian firm that operates a multi-purpose terminal in Port Harcourt.

Headed by Mr Denrick Moos as its managing director, PTOL is a multi-purpose terminal with twice the berth length of WACT. PTOL runs efficient warehousing activities and handles wheat, salt, bitumen, frozen fish and containers, with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) making use of its services weekly.

Moos, a South African maritime expert, has 21 years experience in the sector. A former South African naval combat officer, he is familiar with the Nigerian maritime terrain.

His background in Nigeria has been as Chief Operating Officer at the Port of Onne’s West Africa Container Terminal (WACT), as well as at Ports and Cargo Handling Services where he was Managing Director. In addition Moos has been a key player at the APM Terminals Headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, playing leading roles in project teams in Brazil, India and Denmark.

Moos holds a Master’s degree in Maritime and Transportation Logistics and has undertaken and completed numerous maritime related courses and training programmes.

In a statement issued by PTOL, Moos is quoted as having expressed appreciation to the board of PTOL for his appointment and says that the potential of PTOL is a reminder of his days at WACT, where he helped transform a terminal that had to operate on bridge loans just to pay salaries, to where it was generating revenue to the extent of multi-million dollar investments and the creation of many new employment opportunities for Nigerians.

Team Support

He foresees PTOL becoming more competitive within a short space of time, due to the backing of his board of directors made up of Chief Dennis Okafor, Chief Mike Nwaukoni and Chief Emmanuel Okonkwo.

Moos also has the support of other members of the new management team, which includes Barrister Efiota Ephraim who was appointed as General Manager with effect from 1 April this year.

Ephraim is a well-known figure in the Nigerian maritime sector, having served with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for 35 years, during which his last two positions were as Port Manager of Tin Can Island Port and General Manager, NPA Liaison Office in Abuja.

He brings much-needed stakeholder engagement skills to PTOL due to his extensive network in both government agencies, as well as shipping lines and agencies. He holds degrees in Economics and in Transport as well as an LLB degree.

New appointments

In another new appointment Mr Glenn Nilsson, a Swedish national has been made Assistant General Manager, Technical Services, with the responsibility of superintending all plant and machinery involved in cargo handling.

Nilsson has considerable experience in managing technical departments within terminal operations. Prior to his current appointment he was the General Manager, Technical at APMT Gothenburg in Sweden. He has also worked in various African countries including Liberia, Angola, Mauritania, Senegal, Kenya and Nigeria and has been instrumental in starting up workshops in these locations and streamlining technical activities.

According to the PTOL statement, since Nilsson’s arrival at PTOL, the availability of container handling equipment has increased by 400 per cent, with the company now having more than sufficient equipment available to meet customers’ needs.

Also on the management team is Mr Macpherson Nwaukoni, who became the Assistant General Manager, Operations, effective from 1 September 2019. Nwaukoni was previously the Managing Director of MIGFO Group Nigeria Limited, a renowned LLC company which has operated in the International Freight Consignments and Maritime Cargo Industry in the last 32 years.

He had worked as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director, PTOL, for some months, before his latest appointment.

PTOL has managed and operated Terminal ‘A’ at Port Harcourt since June 2006. It was previously operated by the NPA which now acts in a landlord capacity.

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DNV GL: FLEXIBILITY KEY TO SHIPPING TRANSITIONS TO LOWER CARBON FUTURE

DNV GL Maritime Forecast to 2050 report, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

DNV GL – Maritime has released the third edition of its Maritime Forecast to 2050 at the London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW) convention.

The Maritime Forecast examines the future of the shipping industry in a rapidly changing global energy landscape. This year’s report focuses on the challenge of reducing the carbon intensity of the global fleet to meet the ambitious targets set by the IMO’s greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) strategy.

“Existing technology can deliver the future we desire – including meeting the 1.5 degree Celsius target set out in the Paris Agreement,” said Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL. “So far, support for the energy transition has been too sporadic. We need a broad and coordinated policy agenda that…

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BOLLORÉ TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS INAUGURATES NEW MULTIMODAL HUB IN ABIDJAN

The new multimodal hub at Abidjan, Ivory Coast, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The new multimodal hub at Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Bolloré Transport & Logistics last week (4 September) inaugurated its new multimodal logistics hub, Aerohub, in Abidjan.

The inauguration event was attended by Ivory Coast Transport Minister Amadou Kone, Minister of Trade Souleymane Diarrassouba and Bolloré Logistics chief executive officer Thierry Ehrenbogen.

Aerohub opening in Abidjan, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Abidjan Aerohub opening

The Aerohub will receive, store and distribute via a tri-temperature platform (frozen, positive cold, ambient temperature) goods intended for Ivory Coast and sub-regional market for companies in the mass retail, telecoms, pharmaceutical and catering sectors.

The Aerohub is ideally located at the Félix Houphouët Boigny airport and close to the Port of Abidjan, making it a connection point between international sea and air logistics flows as well as final consumers. Over €6 million (or F CFA 4.5 billion) has been invested in the initial phase of the project, out of a total €12 million earmarked in the long term (F CFA 8 billion).

Promoting sustainable logistics in West Africa, Aerohub stands apart through the integration of innovative systems designed to shrink the carbon footprint of its business activities. It is equipped with a low energy consumption (LED) lighting system with movement detectors and a storm-water holding reservoir, together with electric handling equipment that in the long term will be powered by solar panels.

Bolloré Transport & Logistics is a major player in logistics in Côte d’Ivoire. It employs over 8,000 people in its port handling (Abidjan Terminal), ship repair (Carena) and railway (Sitarail) activities. The company operates in six cities, Abidjan, Bouaké, Ferkessédougou, Noé, Ouangolodougou and San Pedro.

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MINISTER CALLS FOR TRANSFORMATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN MARITIME INDUSTRY

South Africa must strive to transform the maritime sector and unlock the economic opportunities which lie dormant in the sector, says Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula.

Minister Fikile Mbalula, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Minister Fikile Mbalula

“As a country, we cannot ignore the plethora of prospects in maritime. Working with the over 170 International Maritime Organisation (IMO) member states, our goals will be attained,” Mbalula said.

Mbalula on Tuesday met with Colombia’s Ambassador to South Africa, Carlos Andres Barahona Niño.

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SA PORT STATISTICS FOR AUGUST ARE NOW AVAILABLE

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

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

Statistics involving motor vehicles are also included, per port and measured in vehicle units. These include imports and exports and earth-moving and other ro-ro vehicles.

Total cargo handled for the month of August amounted to…

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SALE OF CARGO OF GRACE 1

Grace 1 at anchor off Gibraltar, Picture Peter Ferrary / Shipspotting, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Grace 1 at anchor off Gibraltar, Picture Peter Ferrary / Shipspotting

The following statement was issued by HM Government of Gibraltar at 17h55 (BST) on 10 September.

HM Government of Gibraltar notes reports suggesting that the Grace 1 has discharged its cargo of oil in Syria.

We will await the outcome of the meeting between the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab and the Iranian Ambassador to London before jumping to judgment.

When the Grace 1 was detained by the Gibraltar authorities in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, the Iranian Government asserted ownership of the cargo via the National Iranian Oil Company. Additionally, they said repeatedly that the oil aboard the vessel was not bound for Syria. The Gibraltar authorities, nonetheless, identified clear evidence aboard the Grace 1 which showed it had been bound to the sanctioned Baniyas Refinery in Syria. The Iranian Government in Tehran subsequently committed in a meeting in London with the Chief Minister (on 17 July) and in writing that the vessel and its cargo, if released by Gibraltar from its detention in BGTW, would not be provided to any EU sanctioned entity.

We now await details of whom the National Iranian Oil Company sold the oil aboard the Grace 1 to before reacting to what would be an egregious and contumelous breach of the undertakings given by Iran to Gibraltar in a formal, diplomatic Note Verbale.

If the reports that the oil has been sold to Syria are true, it will render worthless the written word of the Government of Iran on all matters. The world will be better placed to judge Iran’s position on other, more transcendental matters based on actions on this issue on which they have been under the microscope of international scrutiny. Before that, however, we should await a formal statement from the Government of Iran or the National Iranian Oil Company.

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, said: “Gibraltar did its bit in relation to the Grace 1 to stop the vessel when we did. We held her here, in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters for 45 days. Now we await details of the final destination of the oil before making any further comment. It will be a massive volte face for Iran to have failed to live up to its written undertaking in the full glare of international public opinion. They will really make themselves look shifty and unreliable if they have acted contrary to their repeated assertions and undertakings.”

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

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NIGERIAN NAVY ARRESTS TWO TRAWLERS FOR FISHING ILLEGALLY

Banarly V, one of the two trawlers arrested for illegal fishing, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Banarly V, one of the two trawlers arrested for illegal fishing

The Nigerian Navy has arrested two fishing trawlers for what the navy says was fishing within Nigerian waters for inshore fishing and shrimping.

The two arrested vessels, BANARLY V and OLOKUN V (IMO 8778134) are Nigerian registered vessels. They were detected as being in an area known as the Antan Field, 21 nautical miles off the Nigerian coast.

Nigerian Navy Director of Navy Information, Commodore Suleman Dahun said on Monday that navy had used its Falcon Eye surveillance system to monitor the movements of the two fishing vessels.

“Thereafter, the Nigerian Navy Ship UNITY was vectored to intercept the vessels and it was discovered that they were laden with excess catch of fishes in contravention of the Nigerian Fisheries Act as the vessel are licensed for shrimping only.

“This eventually led to the arrest of the two vessels,” he said.

According to Commodore Suleman Dahun the Banarly V and Olokun V are being detained at Bonny Anchorage for further investigation and possible prosecution.

The commodore said that as a result of these arrests, the commanding officers of Nigerian Navy ships have been directed to pay greater attention to the activities of fishing trawlers within Nigerian waters in order to reduce illegal activities.

The chairman of Olokun Pisces Nigeria Ltd, a Nigerian based firm that owns the trawler Olokun V, is Mr Anthony Eboreime, a retired commodore of the Nigerian Navy.

Banarly V is owned and operated by the Banarly Group, which operates in Nigeria, Gabon and Cameroon waters with a fleet of 29 vessels.

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GREENPEACE BLOCKS MOZAMBIQUE COAL FROM BEING LANDED AT GDANSK

Greenpeace's activist ship Rainbow Warrior II, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Greenpeace’s activist ship Rainbow Warrior

The activist group Greenpeace used their vessel RAINBOW WARRIOR to block the unloading of coal in the port of Gdansk from a bulk carrier carrying coal loaded in Mozambique.

The objection from Greenpeace was not targeted at the African country directly, but at the continued use of coal by the Polish authorities.

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NSRI CALLED ON TO MEDIVAC CREW FROM VESSELS AT SEA

NSRI sea rescue craft Spirit if St Francis II, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
NSRI sea rescue craft Spirit if St Francis II

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), a totally voluntary organisation with rescue stations around the entire South African coast, has been called on this week to make several evacuations of sick or injured crew from vessels at sea.

Plettenburg Bay

In one of the medivacs the NSRI Plettenburg Bay station 14 duty crew was called on to launch their sea rescue vessel Ray Farnham Rescuer, to rendezvous with a fishing vessel six nautical miles off-shore of Plettenberg Bay in the southern Cape.

NSRI Plettenberg Bay deputy station commander Ross Badenhorst reported that the call was…

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POLICE MAKE COCAINE HAUL FROM SHIP IN PORT OF NGQURA

Port of Ngqura Container Terminal, featuredin re4port in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Ngqura Container Terminal

Acting on a tip-off South African police inspected a number of reefer containers being carried on board a ship in the Port of Ngqura at the weekend. They discovered a consignment of cocaine worth R85 million hidden among the cargo of bananas, which had been loaded in Ecuador.

The containers are understood to have been destined for a customer in Cape Town.

The contraband made up of 85 x 1kg bricks was hidden in compartments situated behind the refrigeration units that are…

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MISSING FOUR SEAFARERS ON CAPSIZED CAR CARRIER GOLDEN RAY RESCUED

Picture courtesy Georgia Dept of Natural Resources, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Picture courtesy Georgia Dept of Natural Resources

Refer to our report earlier today of the capsizing of the RoRo car carrier GOLDEN RAY – see https://africaports.co.za/#1229. News has been received that the four missing seafarers have been rescued from the capsize vessel by US Coast Guard and other assisting bodies.

Three of the four men, who were all trapped in the ship’s engine room when the ship made a turn to port and capsized early on Sunday morning, were rescued after the coast guard cut a hole in the side of the engine room, allowing three of the men to climb out to safety.

The fourth man was reported to be still alive but trapped behind glass (possibly the engine room’s control room) and unable to join the others. However, he was later able to emerge from where he was trapped and climb through the gap made in the side of the vessel to stand upright on the hull of Golden Ray.

Before being rescued USCG had passed water and food to three of the trapped men who were experiencing extremely high temperatures within the vessel, it is reported. The fourth man was unable to be reached by the others, it transpired.

According to the US Coast Guard the temperature on the outside of the ship’s hull reached 49 degrees Celsius and it was believed to be even hotter inside the vessel.

USCG Twitter video shows the rescue of last of the four survivors being rescued from a hole cut into the side of the ship: [0:13] https://twitter.com/i/status/1171181065945460736

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IMarEST EXPLORES SHIPPING AUTOMATION AND RELIANCE ON HUMAN SKILLS

A new report from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) appraises the capabilities and limitations of automation at sea, grappling with the question of how humans and autonomous systems will work together.

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The IMarEST’s Marine Autonomous Surface Ships Special Interest Group (MASS SIG) conducted research and hosted two industry roundtable discussions – under the banner ‘Autonomous Shipping: Putting the human back in the headlines’ – to explore the topic.

The first roundtable took place in Singapore and surveyed the commercial opportunities and threats of introducing remote and autonomous ships – download the PDF report which is available by CLICKING HERE.

This new report is the result of a roundtable held in Manila which explored the intricacies of future human-machine integration in the performance of onboard functions.

The roundtable, supported by BMT, Western Shipping, Peter Döhle, Wallem, KNect365 and MAAP, saw a variety of ship owners, operators, crewing managers, regulators and educators in attendance.

They were asked to consider the changes likely to occur to onboard roles, firstly looking around 10 years ahead to 2030 and then 30 years ahead to 2050. The event was designed to further MASS SIG’s understanding of the ways in which advances in automation technology could, and should, be assimilated into the shipping industry.

The findings outline how human-machine collaboration can strengthen operations at sea and increase capability. They also predict the extent to which these changes and improvements will take place, depending on expected real-world needs and the practicalities of making such changes.

To make the results easier to digest, the report considers the case of two hypothetical future vessels, the Horizon, built in 2030, and her sister ship, the Succession, built in 2050.

“Automation is set to become increasingly pervasive in vessel operation. As advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning find their way into more and more ship systems, it is inevitable they will alter the role of seafarers: their tasks, responsibilities and required skills,” said Gordon Meadow, Chair, MASS SIG.

“A key challenge going forward lies not in teaching humans to trust machines – but providing them the skills and competencies to know when to stop trusting them.”

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KENYA’S PORT OF LAMU TO BE OPENED IN OCTOBER

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Lamu port while under construction, phase 1

With the completion of the first berth at Kenya’s new deepwater Port of Lamu* the next stage has been set for the official opening of the port to shipping.

* See our earlier report Lamu new port update: First berth complete & ready for business

The first stage has focused on developing the container handling berths and terminal although multi-purpose operations will also…

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PHOTO ROUNDUP: SAIMI DIVE-IN EXPO HELD AT PORT OF EAST LONDON

SAIMI Dive-In Expo event held at Port of East London, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

SAIMI Dive-In Expo event held at Port of East London, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

SAIMI Dive-In Expo event held at Port of East London, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

SAIMI Dive-In Expo event held at Port of East London, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

SAIMI Dive-In Expo event held at Port of East London, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Further to Friday’s report on the SAIMI Maritime Career Exploration Expo held in East London – see https://africaports.co.za/#1219, we feature several pictures of the event, courtesy Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port of East London.

The event was held in East London on Thursday, 4 September 2019, in which TNPA welcomed learners into the Port of East London. The youngsters enjoyed an interactive port tour before they headed off to the East London ICC for the career expo which showcased a wide variety of study and career opportunities related to the oceans. The port also had a popular stand at the expo.

The pictures Shown here are courtesy TNPA.

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CAR CARRIER GOLDEN RAY FIRE AND CAPSIZE, FOUR SEAFARERS MISSING

Coast Guard crews and port partners respond to a disabled cargo vessel with a fire on board September 8, 2019, in St. Simons Sound, Georgia. At approximately 2 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Charleston watch standers were notified of the M/V GOLDEN RAY, a 656??? vehicle carrier, listing heavily in the St. Simons Sound with a total of 24 people on board; including 23 crew members and 1 pilot. (U.S. Coast Guard photo), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Coast Guard crews and port partners responded to a disabled cargo vessel with a fire on board 8 September 2019, in St. Simons Sound, Georgia. At approximately 2 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Charleston watch standers were notified of the M/V GOLDEN RAY, a 656ft vehicle carrier, listing heavily in the St. Simons Sound with a total of 24 people on board; including 23 crew members and 1 pilot. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Twenty seafarers have been rescued from the capsized and burning South Korean RoRo car carrier GOLDEN RAY (IMO 9775816) outside the US Georgia port of Brunswick in the early hours of Sunday 8 August.

The 71,178-gt became disabled in St Simon’s Sound after a fire broke out in the ship had also listed heavily onto her port side. Golden Ray had…

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BREXIT: UK GOVT PLEDGES £30 MILLION TO BOLSTER PORTS

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Port of Dover, one of the UK ports that will be most affected by Brexit.  Picture: Port of Dover

Funding to ensure that trade continues to flow smoothly at UK ports after 31 October 2019.

It is understood that £30 million will be spent on upgrades to port infrastructure, road and rail links and resilience within local government.

Furthermore, funding will ensure trade continues to flow smoothly at the country’s ports after Brexit on 31 October 2019, whatever the circumstances. This was reported by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) on 30 August as announced by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.

The DfT called on ports across England to bid for a share of £10 million, as part of the Port Infrastructure Resilience and Connectivity (PIRC) competition, to help deliver upgrades which will enhance capacity and maintain trade flow.

On top of this, the UK government announced that it was providing £5 million to four key Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) – made up of emergency responders, councils and other public services – in areas with key freight ports. This is expected to help them build infrastructure improvements to minimise any potential traffic disruption at the border.

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A further £15 million will go towards longer-term projects to boost road and rail links to ports and ensure more freight can get where it needs to be faster.

Shapps commented: “We are leaving the EU on 31 October and we will be prepared whatever the circumstances.

“As the UK continues to develop as an outward-facing global trading nation ready for a post-Brexit world, the resilience of our trading hubs is more critical than ever before.

“This £30 million investment supports our ports in their work to boost capacity and efficiency, ensuring they’re ready for Brexit and a successful future.”

The funding comes as part of the government’s £2.1 billion investment to step-up the country’s preparations for leaving the EU.

The PIRC competition which has now closed (after very few days open it seems) proposed that successful bidders would be given up to £1 million each to deliver infrastructure improvements. For example, this may include providing more HGV parking and container storage space or developing traffic systems to ensure the free flow of cars and lorries.

The £5 million for key LRFs is targeted specifically at delivering infrastructure improvements to manage road traffic around maritime ports with important trade routes with the EU.

These offers came a week after the UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced a separate £9 million scheme* for local councils and LRFs to support their overall planning for Brexit in local areas and major air, land or sea ports. This funding could include supporting the hiring of additional staff or implementing regional communications campaigns.

Back in Whitehall the DfT continues, we are told, to prepare for all circumstances after 31 October and has been implementing a multi-channel information campaign to ensure hauliers have the documents they need to carry goods into the EU.

For example there is an international road haulage: no-deal Brexit haulier check list to be found CLICK HERE

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

* See CLICK HERE

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DORIAN AFTERMATH: COASTIES AND TEAM HARD AT WORK

US Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes, USCG District 7 PADET Jacksonville. USCG ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Crew members in US Coast Guard Cutter Willow and a Station Charleston Response Boat-Medium performed aids to navigation maintenance and harbour assessment patrols in the Port of Charleston on 7 September.

Coast Guard personnel worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, South Carolina and Georgia Ports Authorities, regional pilots’ associations, and multiple port partners to rapidly reopen the ports of Charleston, Savannah, and Brunswick restoring the vital flow of commerce in the region following Hurricane Dorian.

In the US the Coast Guard is responsible for networks of signs, symbols, buoys, markers, lighthouses, and regulations are up to date and functioning properly so recreational and commercial boaters can safely navigate the maritime environment.

Our first photograph (above) shows crew of USCGC Willow on aids to navigation maintenance. At the end of week commencing 2 September Coast Guard reopened the Ports of Charleston, Savannah and Brunswick, helping to restore the vital flow of goods and commerce in the region following Hurricane Dorian.

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In the second illustration a crew from Coast Guard Station Charleston patrols Charleston Bay as a cargo ship heads into the Port of Charleston following Hurricane Dorian on 7 September. The Coast Guard contributes to a global supply chain system that supports innovation and prosperity by facilitating the secure and reliable movement of goods within US borders and around the world.

About USCGC Willow

The US Coast Guard Cutter Willow (WLB-202) is a 225-foot sea going buoy tender homeported in Charleston, South Carolina. Her primary missions are aids to navigation, law enforcement, and search and rescue.

Willow also performs missions such as ice breaking, marine environmental protection, and living marine resources. This cutter is responsible for servicing 257 aids to navigation in District Seven ranging from South Carolina down to the Caribbean, including Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

US Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes, USCG District 7 PADET Jacksonville. USCG ©

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London

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EXPEDITION SHIP GREG MORTIMER DELIVERED BY CHINESE SHIPYARD

Greg Mortimer on handover day, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Greg Mortimer on handover day

China Merchants Industry Holdings (CMIH) shipyard has delivered the first Infinity-class expedition cruise ship, GREG MORTIMER, to the owner and operators, SunStone and Aurora Expeditions.

The handover took place last week at the China Merchants shipyard at Haimen in Jiangsu province, being a triple first for China, SunStone and Aurora Expeditions.

This is the first expedition cruise ship to…

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Greg Mortimer’s l;ecture room

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GERMAN MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION VISITS PORT OF WALVIS BAY

German Minister for Economic Cooperation visits Port of Walvis Bay, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
German Minister for Economic Cooperation, Dr. Gerd Müller, inspecting Horse Mackerel which was destined for the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fish which is a natural resource of Namibia was being off-loaded at the Commercial Cold Storage along the quayside at the Port of Walvis Bay  

Last week, Dr Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development paid the Namibian Ports Authority a courtesy call at Walvis Bay.

Dr Müller who was on an official visit to Namibia in response to an invitation extended to him by the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr Hage G Geingob, was given a tour of the Port of Walvis Bay.

“We’re interested in developing export and cooperation, in particular cooperation with our ports in Hamburg and Bremen,” Dr Müller said. “We’re thinking about vocational training and obviously using that training to generate more business.”

His visit to Namibia was aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between Namibia and the Federal Republic of Germany.

The N$4.2 billion (R4.2 bn) investment of the country became fully operational from 24 August 2019.

Port of Walvis Bay's new container terminal, now in service. Picture: Namport, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Walvis Bay’s new container terminal, now in service, with the port and town beyond. Picture: Namport

New Terminal

Mr Immanuel Tino !Hanabeb, Executive: Commercial, said that the Namibian Ports Authority was looking forward to fully utilising the newly commissioned container terminal, along with the cruise passenger liner jetty.

The German cruise ship ALBATROS, which is scheduled to call the Port of Walvis Bay at Berth 9 on 18 October 2019, will become the first passenger ship to make use of the new state of the art terminal, he said.

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HURRICANE DORIAN: TELECOMMUNICATIONS AID

UPDATED REPORT

RFA Mounts Bay and Hurrican Dorian relief, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

In the Bahamas, the death toll continues to rise with authorities warning that the final number could be huge. The UN said by the end of week commencing 1 September, that more than 70,000 people were “in immediate need of life-saving assistance” including food, water, shelter and medicine.

Of the devastation the full scale was slow to emerge as in vast areas of the northern Bahamas, including the Abaco Islands, it has been difficult for rescue crews to gain access.

According to the Geneva-based ITU its staff are now helping to deploy critical equipment to areas hit hardest by Hurricane Dorian in close collaboration with the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster.

It is reported that ITU is deploying Iridium and Inmarsat satellite phones to provide voice communications. In addition there are Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Networks (BGANs), which provide satellite internet connectivity and voice communications. ITU has deployed some 50 units in total, it is understood.

The vital role of telecoms in emergencies

When established terrestrial communications systems have been affected by disasters, satellite phones and BGANS can operate and are a key part of emergency telecommunications.

They play a crucial role in the immediate aftermath of disasters by ensuring the timely flow of vital information, allowing for the effective coordination of humanitarian response efforts.

In the words of Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau: “ITU’s Emergency Telecommunications team is committed to working around the clock to get the lines of communication open again as quickly as possible, with the invaluable support of our satellite industry partners, Inmarsat and Iridium.”

We learn that in the Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands, most of the mobile telecommunications infrastructure has been destroyed.

RFA Mounts Bay and Hurrican Dorian relief, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

RFA Mounts Bay delivered essential aid to Great Abaco

The ship has been in the Caribbean since June in preparation for the hurricane season and was re-tasked last week to sail to The Bahamas in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, the strongest ever recorded in The Bahamas.

DFID’s team is working alongside the Bahamian Government’s National Emergency Management Agency and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, as well as other international partners, to assess the damage caused by the hurricane, and to plan the response.

The Ministry of Defence issued video available by CLICKING HERE

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

All illustrations / film reproduced by kind courtesy of the Ministry of Defence MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

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DIVE IN: EXPLORING SOUTH AFRICA’S MARITIME OPPORTUNITIES

The Task Team: Role-players from the national maritime awareness task team who participated in discussions on collaborating to work together to build a maritime culture in South Africa were in front from left Sabelo Mbuku (TETA) and Masande Peyi (Department of Basic Education). In the back from left were Sivuyile Mpiyane (Department of Basic Education), Nceba Mashalaba (Department of Basic Education) and Lulamile Stuurmans (Department of Tourism), featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Task Team: Role-players from the national maritime awareness task team who participated in discussions on collaborating to work together to build a maritime culture in South Africa were in front from left Sabelo Mbuku (TETA) and Masande Peyi (Department of Basic Education). In the back from left were Sivuyile Mpiyane (Department of Basic Education), Nceba Mashalaba (Department of Basic Education) and Lulamile Stuurmans (Department of Tourism)

An exciting new maritime awareness programme was launched on Wednesday, 4 September, to encourage South Africa’s youth to not only dip their feet into the endless possibilities of career exploration in the maritime industry, but to ‘dive in’ by getting immersed into a future career in the oceans economy.

The pilot in a series of career expos planned by SAIMI* to be rolled out to other coastal provinces in 2020 was successfully hosted in East London on that day.

*South African International Maritime Institute

Over 450 learners from 25 different Eastern Cape high schools as well as students and interested members of the community attended the Dive In! Maritime Career Exploration expo at the East London ICC.

The expo and interactive displays showcased a wide variety of study and career opportunities in and around the oceans, introducing the learners to diverse maritime career options such as ship builders, oil rig engineers, maritime lawyers and conservationists.

The learners also took part in interactive experiences including a tour of the Port of East London, experiencing a SA Police Service (SAPS) patrol boat drill and exploring sailing boats. They also engaged with youth who have already ‘dived in’ to the maritime world, including trainee seafarers from SAIMI’s National Cadet Programme and young sailors from the Royal Cape Yacht Club Academy maritime youth development programme.

Exhibitors included companies such as African Marine Solutions (AMSOL), research agencies including the SA Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), along with Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) and government departments that have partnered with SAIMI in the national maritime awareness programme.

Education and training institutions included Nelson Mandela University and University of Fort Hare and Buffalo City College who showcased their maritime-related courses, along with related sector education and training authorities (SETAs).

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries’ aquaculture advisor Keagan Halley presented an interactive session to the learners on aquaculture-related careers.

“Our presentation to the learners specifically emphasised aquaculture as a career field, since there is so much scope to get into the industry. These opportunities include research and activities around the farm – such as marketing and value-adding, or artisanal career opportunities. Even though some of the learners may not have maths and science as subjects at school, there are still areas to go into because aquaculture is a business,” said Halley.

Grade 9 learners from Xolani High School who attended the Dive In! Maritime Career Exploration expo were from left Milisa Feliti, Chwayita Noyi, Amandisa Smith, Khanya Pheza, Nolubabalo Mfazwe, Sinesipho Nyati, Wendy Tuswa, Liyema Swaartbooi and Onika Fana, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Grade 9 learners from Xolani High School who attended the Dive In! Maritime Career Exploration expo were from left Milisa Feliti, Chwayita Noyi, Amandisa Smith, Khanya Pheza, Nolubabalo Mfazwe, Sinesipho Nyati, Wendy Tuswa, Liyema Swaartbooi and Onika Fana

Exploring a pooling together of resources

Running parallel with the expo was a Stakeholder Engagement Session for Maritime Awareness with various representatives from the public and private sector participating in a lively discussion. The purpose of the session was to explore collaborative ways of achieving the common goals of promoting maritime education and training, as well as exponential job creation and growth within the oceans economy.

Having a stronger and more integrated impact together, the multi-stakeholder task team, which is led by SAIMI, includes representatives from the SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA); the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA); the departments of Labour; Higher Education, Science and Technology; Basic Education; Transport; Public Works; Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries; Government Communications and Information Services; Tourism; the SA Police Service; and the National Skills Fund.

SAIMI acting CEO Odwa Mtati said the event was also the official launch of the national ‘Dive In’ Maritime Awareness Programme – a collaborative campaign that aims to raise awareness of the importance of the oceans economy.

“The national maritime awareness campaign is intended to raise consciousness that South Africa IS a maritime nation and by growing awareness of the opportunities for careers, employment, business, upliftment of communities, we aim to grow participation in the oceans economy and position South Africa as Africa’s leading maritime nation,” Mtati said.

Learners from Philemon Ngcelwane High School who explored a career in emergency medical services (maritime search and rescue) were from left Kamvelihle Ngqotywa, Thandile Mko, Bolana Onele and Xelionkomo Yamkela, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maitime news
Learners from Philemon Ngcelwane High School who explored a career in emergency medical services (maritime search and rescue) were from left Kamvelihle Ngqotywa, Thandile Mko, Bolana Onele and Xelionkomo Yamkela

SAIMI Operations Director Soraya Artman introduced the creative multi-media and multi-platform campaign that will use a combination of media, resources, activities and activations to get a wider audience engaged and interested in the maritime economy.

“Today is just the beginning– the maritime awareness campaign will roll out from here into various activations involving the youth, educators, previously excluded groups such as women and disabled people, business – especially entrepreneurs and SMME’s, and coastal communities,” said Artman.

Calling for more Maritime Awareness

Artman also announced that SAIMI will shortly issue a call for proposals for projects that SAIMI could support to build out the national maritime campaign and give it life.

“We will be looking for ideas around promoting awareness and appreciation of the maritime environment and economy, particularly where there is a focus on skills development and capacity building for participation in the maritime economy, maritime careers, and/or group participation in ocean-based sports, recreation, cultural, community development, coastal/marine environmental conservation, and related/similar activities,” said Artman.

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Illustrations MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

Illustrations MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

RFA Mounts Bay assisting hurrican Dorian victims wih aid, feature in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Illustrations MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

Further to our report of yesterday UK assistance following Hurricane Dorian, we feature here some of the latest scenes as members of the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) team from RFA Mounts Bay, providing aid assistance to the islanders of Great Abaco on 4 September.

Troops are delivering aid to the island of Great Abaco in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit earlier in the week.

A rigid-hulled inflatable boat was deployed from RFA Mounts Bay with a dedicated Humanitarian and Disaster Relief team to join up with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and unload vital aid to some of those who have been worst hit by the category five storm.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel has been in the Caribbean since June in preparation for the hurricane season and was re-tasked last week (w/e 31 August) to sail to The Bahamas in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, the strongest ever recorded in The Bahamas.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
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