Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 5-6 October 2019

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FRONT PAGE: EUPEN

LPG tanker Eupen arriving in Durban. Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

LPG tanker Eupen arriving in Durban. Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Eupen. Pictures: Keith Betts

The Belgian-flagged LPG tanker EUPEN (IMO 9177806) was a slightly unusual visitor in Durban recently. Owned and managed by Exmar Shipping of Antwerp, the 29,121-dwt tanker was built in 1999. Exmar is one of the leading providers of mid-size tankers for liquefied gas products (liquid petroleum gas, butane, propane, anhydrous ammonia and chemical gases). The company also services customers active in the fertiliser, clean energy fuel and petrochemical industries across the globe. These pictures are by Keith Betts

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PORT OF NGQURA COMMEMORATES A DECADE OF PORT OPERATIONS

MSC Catania on berth at the Port of Ngqura, the first commercial vessel to use the port. Picture: TNPA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Catania on berth at the Port of Ngqura, the first commercial vessel to use the port. Picture: TNPA

Time flies! Ten years ago on 4 October 2019 the TNPA Port of Ngqura celebrated the arrival of its first container ship at the new container terminal.

“We are proud to commemorate the arrival of the first commercial vessel in the Port of Ngqura. The MSC CATANIA berthed at our shores at 10h50 on Sunday, 4 October 2009, off-loading 275 containers at an average speed of 19 containers per ship working hour,” said Tandi Lebakeng, Port Manager of the Port of Ngqura.

The vessel stayed for 21 hours before leaving the port at 07h40 on 5 October 2009, she added.

The port’s container throughput has grown from 70,209 TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units) in the 2009/10 financial year to 744,660 TEUs in the 2018/19 financial year.

Ngqura is the newest and deepest container port on the South African coastline – a trans-shipment hub offering an integrated port service for containers in transit to global markets and within the Sub-Saharan Africa region. It has been one of the fastest growing ports on the African continent.

The Transnet team in 2009 with MSC Catania in the background, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Transnet team in 2009 with MSC Catania in the background

 

 

A daytime view of MSC Catania alongside on 4 October 2009, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
A daytime view of MSC Catania alongside on 4 October 2009
Nightime and a closer view of MSC Catania at the new container terminal, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Nightime and a closer view of MSC Catania at the new container terminal
Not much stock in the terminal in those first days! Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Not much stock in the terminal in those first days!
Just over five years earlier, on 30 January 2004, this was what the future port of Ngqura looked like from the air. Picture: Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Just over five years earlier, on 30 January 2004, this was what the future port of Ngqura looked like from the air.    Picture: Terry Hutson

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NEW TNPA PORT HELICOPTERS TAKE OFFICIAL FLIGHT

One of Transnet National Ports Authority’s new helicopters officially launched in Richards Bay on 3 October. Pictures: TNPA, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
One of Transnet National Ports Authority’s new helicopters officially launched in Richards Bay on 3 October. Pictures: TNPA

A guard of honour and ceremonial flyover were among the activities marking the official launch in Richards Bay on Thursday (3 October) of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) two new port helicopters.

The event was attended by dignitaries including KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Councillor Philisiwe Cele representing the District Mayor of King Cetshwayo District Municipality Councillor Nonhle Mkhulisi, Deputy Mayor of uMhlathuze Municipality Councillor Duduzile Sibiya, as well as various industry principals.

Manufactured by Italian global high-tech company, Leonardo, the helicopters are now in service at the KwaZulu-Natal Ports of Durban and Richards Bay. They are used to transfer marine pilots onto and off visiting ships for the vessels to be guided safely and efficiently into our port waters.

Chief Compliance and Regulatory Officer for Transnet, Xoliswa Mpongoshe, representing Acting Group Chief Executive, Mohammed Mahomedy, said the acquisition of the new craft under the company’s fleet renewal programme was aimed at enhancing efficiency, safety and ensuring customer satisfaction.

“The new craft will bring benefits for our customers and improve the global competitiveness of our ports, resulting in economic benefits to the region,” she said.

Socio-economic benefits

TNPA’s Acting COO, Captain Rufus Lekala, said the port authority had been on a transformation journey and had invested a total of R500 million which included the helicopters as well as the training and development of aviation pilots and engineers.

“We have 26 pilots available, 20 of whom are from TNPA’s training programme and 50% of these are women. TNPA’s training programme started in 2012 has to date produced 20 helicopter pilots as well as 14 helicopter maintenance technicians. This programme is now insourced, meaning that all helicopters, facilities, operating licenses and aviation personnel belong to TNPA, and all operations are conducted by and under TNPA,” he said.

All maintenance and training will also be done in-house, creating a completely new service to the benefit of TNPA customers.

Under the contract’s supplier development commitments, a local aviation company based in Pretoria was empowered through this project, and 14 TNPA aviation personnel are receiving training at Leonardo’s facilities in Italy with a further eight trained via an instructor who was dispatched to South Africa in July this year.

Enhanced operation

The Leonardo (AW 109SP) helicopters, valued at approximately R250 million in total, will replace helicopters that are reaching the end of their life cycle.

The Ports of Durban and Richards Bay are presently the only ports in TNPA’s complementary port system which use helicopters to transfer marine pilots. However, the service will also be introduced at the Port of Cape Town in 2022.

“We now have four helicopters in our fleet for KZN and Cape Town will bring this to five. By acquiring these new helicopters, our intention is to provide a world-class marine service with improved ship turnaround times and reliability,” said Captain Lekala.

The AW109SP is a modern top-of-the-range light twin-engine helicopter with excellent operational flexibility as well as high safety levels through advanced navigation and situational awareness technology.

The two new AW109 SP’s are equipped with a harbour pilot shuttle kit, which features a hoist that enables this distinctive operation, as well as several other installations unique to Transnet’s aircraft.

Pictured above: Transnet SOC Ltd Chief Compliance and Regulatory Officer, Xoliswa Mpongoshe (centre left, Leonardo Senior Vice President Africa & Middle East - Global Sales, Gianfranco Sottotetti, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Councillor Philisiwe Cele (in pink) of King Cetshwayo District Municipality with some of the helicopter technicians being developed through TNPA’s aviation programme., featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pictured above: Transnet SOC Ltd Chief Compliance and Regulatory Officer, Xoliswa Mpongoshe (centre left, Leonardo Senior Vice President Africa & Middle East – Global Sales, Gianfranco Sottotetti, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Councillor Philisiwe Cele (in red) of King Cetshwayo District Municipality with some of the helicopter technicians being developed through TNPA’s aviation programme

 

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ANGOLA LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC TENDER FOR 10 NEW OIL CONCESSIONS

Oil rig, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Angola has officially launched an international tender calling for oil exploration in 10 blocks of the Namibe and Benguela basins, reports Macauhub.

Issued on Wednesday (1 October 2019) by the Angolan National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANPG), the 10 blocks cover a combined area of more than…

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BRITISH PORTS ASSOCIATION CALLS GOVT’S TWO BORDERS PROPOSAL ‘CHALLENGING’

Brexit puzzle, featured in report from the BPO which appeared in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The British Ports Association has issued a statement on the UK Government’s ‘two borders for four years’ Brexit proposal.

“The majority of Northern Ireland’s trade is with Great Britain and a border in the Irish Sea would be extremely challenging for…

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HUGE ICEBERG CALVES FROM AMERY ICE SHELF, ANTARCTICA

Picture credit: Id 431085. Title Amery Iceberg. Released 01/10/2019 5:00 pm. Copyright ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©

Our illustration kindly provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) on 1 October indicates that a huge iceberg has broken off the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

Dubbed D28, the iceberg is around 1600 sq km – about the size of Greater London. It is approximately 30 km wide and 60 km long, and is estimated to weigh over 300 billion tonnes.

This image was captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission. Animation shows before and after images of the berg breaking away, known as calving was estimated to have taken place on the Amery Ice Shelf between 22 and 25 September.

ESA reported that polar scientists indicate that this is the biggest calving of the Amery Ice Shelf in 50 years.

ESA report, further, that satellites will continue to monitor and track the iceberg, as it poses a threat for ships in the vicinity.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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NEW CUTTER SUCTION DREDGER FOR MOMA MINING OPERATION ARRIVES AT NACALA

Aerial view of the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine, with the jetty used to transship the mineral to bulk carriers at anchor offshore to be seen on the shoreline, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Aerial view of the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine, with the jetty used to transship the mineral to bulk carriers at anchor offshore to be seen on the shoreline

A cutter suction dredger (CSD) named JULIA, arrived recently at the northern Mozambique port of Nacala.

The CSD is to go into service at the Kenmare titanium mine at Moma, to the south of Nacala.

Designed and built by Royal IHC, Julia is the third dredger to have been built at the IHC shipyard in Kinderdijk in The Netherlands and delivered to Mozambique. Julia’s design and construction is based of the success of the two earlier dredgers named Mary-Ann and Catarina.

The new dredger which arrived in a large container, will be road-transported to the mine at Moma.

From the technical side of things, Julia forms a new part of Kenmare Resources’ Wet Concentrator Plant C development project. Once reassembled and in service the dredger is expected to operate at 600tph with the potential to be upgraded to 1,500tph in the future.

The dredger was completed and launched in The Netherlands on 20 May 2019.

Kenmare Resources plc is an Irish company whose principal activity is the operation of the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine, which is located on the north east coast of Mozambique, to the south of the Port of Nacala.

The cutter suction dredger being offloaded onto the dock at the port of Nacala, after a voyage from The Netherlands. Picture: Kenmare Resources, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The cutter suction dredger being offloaded onto the dock at the port of Nacala, after a voyage from The Netherlands. Picture: Kenmare Resources

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STRONG WINDS AND HIGH SWELLS CLOSE PORT OF DURBAN OVERNIGHT

Port of Durban entrance channel. Picture: Steve McCurrach, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Durban entrance channel. Picture: Steve McCurrach

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has advised that the Port of Durban was closed to shipping on Wednesday evening on account of high winds and swells.

A 40 knot wind from the North-East was reported earlier on Wednesday night which by 23h00 was still blowing strongly.

The port authority marine department consequently decided that the swell outside the port entrance was too strong for safe navigation in the entrance channel.

The notice advising that the port had been closed added that this would remain in force “until further notice”.

October is considered to be the windiest month of the year for the Durban and Richards Bay regions and it is not unusual for such port closures, or partial closures to come into effect.

The strong winds also affect container terminal working where the ship-to-shore cranes, straddle carriers and RTGs are unable to operate safely.

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TERRORIST ATTACKS IN MOZAMBIQUE’S MOCIMBOA DA PRAIA REGION CONTINUE

Burned-out house in Mocimboa da Praia district of northern Mozambique, Picture: Pinnacle News, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Burned-out house in Mocimboa da Praia district of northern Mozambique, Picture: Pinnacle News

There have been a number of new terrorist attacks in the oil and gas region of northern Mozambique, despite a reported increase in Mozambican military presence.

In the latest attack the village of Antadora in the Mocimboa da Praia district came under attack on Tuesday afternoon (1 October). Striking in the mid-afternoon the insurgents set fire to houses and kidnapped some people but…

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RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH NAMED

The UK’s new polar research ship was formally named RRS Sir David Attenborough on 26 September by TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In their first engagement of the autumn, the royals followed tradition by smashing a bottle of champagne against the hull. Special guest Sir David Attenborough also attended. Illustrations here were kindly provided by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) ©.

A three-day public celebration, hosted at…

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NAMPORT ACKNOWLEDGES LONG SERVING EMPLOYEES

Namport Long Service Awards, 45 years in service, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Mr Russell Eyberg who received the most senior category of 45 years of service at the port

The Namibian Ports Authority has rolled out the red carpet to acknowledge long serving employees at the Annual Long Service Awards Ceremony which was held for the Port of Walvis Bay last Friday (26 September 2019).

A total number of 129 staff members from the Port of Walvis Bay received certificates and trophies at an event whose main objective was to celebrate the efforts of colleagues who have contributed towards the productivity of the port entity over a continuous period of years.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kavin Harry said that the commitment and dedication displayed by the recipients has earned Namport the status of being an employer of choice.

He said that as a ports authority, Namport remains committed to providing world class port services to all sea-borne trade, through amongst others excellent customer services, sustainable growth and social responsibility with the ultimate aim of contributing to the Namibian dream of becoming a logistics hub for the Southern African Development Community.

Long service awards and certificates are conferred to staff members who have been in the continuous employment of the company fpr periods of 5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40 and 45 years respectively.

A long-service awards ceremony will be held at the Port of Lüderitz on 04 December 2019 when 16 staff members of that port will be acknowledged.

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NSRI IN ANOTHER MEDIVAC FROM SHIP, IN TABLE BAY THIS TIME

NSRI logo, featured in AfricaPORTS & SHIPS maritime news

In a second medical evacuation of injured and ill seafarers on board ships the South African coast, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Table Bay Station has successfully medivacced two crewmen from a container ship.

Table Bay duty coxswain Quentin Botha reports that the NSRI Table Bay station was activated…

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LAUNCH OF A LIFETIME: FLAGSHIP MSC GRANDIOSA

MSC Grandiosa, to be named in Hamburg on 9 November. All pictures courtesy: MSC Cruises, featured here in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
MSC Grandiosa, to be named in Hamburg on 9 November. All pictures courtesy: MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises, which is noted for its spectacular new ship naming ceremonies, is to embark on the company’s most comprehensive new ship launch ever. This will involve carrying out the largest face-to-face engagement drive with more than 14,000 travel agents on board MSC GRANDIOSA.

The events will commence in St Nazaire, France when the company’s newest flag ship officially comes into service on 31 October.

“The events for the launch of MSC Grandiosa have been carefully designed to enable an extensive programme of activities, events and celebrations for the Travel Agency community, as well as other guests and stakeholders,” explained Achille Staiano, MSC Cruises Vice President of Global Sales.

“We have designed an inaugural itinerary for the ship with overnight stays in multiple ports to enable as many travel agent partners as possible to stay on board or visit the ship in order to experience it first-hand.”

Staiano continued, “Looking ahead, as MSC Grandiosa will be one of the most environmentally-sound ships at sea we will utilise the MSC Masters e-learning platform to educate our travel agent partners around our environmental stewardship practices and other environmental initiatives, thus allowing them to understand the latest advancements in environmental technology and practices which will be invaluable information for them and their customers.”

During the course of the launch events, seven ‘All Stars of the Sea’ awards events will be held to recognise the efforts and achievements of travel agents from all around the world, recognising MSC Cruises distribution in more than 80 countries.

Separate familiarisation tours and presentations will also be given to travel agency front-desk staff, managers, proprietors and tour operators.

MSC Grandiosa, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

MSC Grandiosa will remain in the Port of Hamburg from 6-10 November with the Christening on the evening of the 9th. The Blue Port will be condensed into a maritime stage around the Elbphilharmonie.

Twenty locations in Hamburg’s harbour will become ambassadors of light art, shining with a significant blue light, mixing industrial harbour light with graphic drawing. The colour blue is significant for the events as it part of MSC Cruises livery as well as representing water to symbolise MSC Cruises’ long-standing commitment to the ocean.

With respect for the environment and the climate, many small lights with low energy consumption will be used. The dazzling installations will be created by renowned international light artist Michael Batz.

MSC Grandiosa is equipped with two new and important technological innovations, including a selective catalytic reduction system which will decrease nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 per cent and transform it into pure water and nitrogen.

The ship is also fitted with a state-of-the-art advanced wastewater treatment system that will lead to nearly zero impact on discharges and allow her to operate in delicate environments such as the Baltic Sea and Alaska.

The new features add to other effective technologies found on MSC Cruises’ fleet to reduce further any environmental impact including a cutting-edge hybrid exhaust gas cleaning system, systems for the prevention of oil discharge from machinery spaces, a ballast water treatment system and various energy-saving improvements such as heat recovery systems and LED lighting.

Some of the guest highlights of this new state-of-the-art ship include:

Two original new shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea
The Mediterannean Promenade is lined with restaurants including the new restaurant Il Campo and mall-style shopping and above, the 93 metre-long LED Sky Screen displays atmospheric images and animations throughout the day and night
An immersive art experience in L’Atelier Bistrot with 26 original etchings by French Impressionist Edgar Degas
Dedicated kids areas designed in partnership with LEGO and Chicco
Plus the world’s first virtual personal cruise assistant, ZOE, in every cabin.

MSC Grandiosa will commence her regular 7-night cruises in the Western Mediterranean from 23 November with six embarkation ports calling Genoa, Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Valetta, Malta; Barcelona, Spain and Marseille, France.

MSC Grandiosa, feature in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

The ship
MSC Grandiosa is the first of the new Meraviglia Plus ships, with a capacity of almost 6,300 passengers plus 1,700 crew. With a length of 331 metres the class of ship – a second vessel, MSC VIRTUOSA, is due to be launched in September 2020 – are able to dock in most ports of the world, thus providing for a wider choice of destinations.

MSC Grandiosa which is to be christened in Hamburg on 9 November(see above), is 16 metres longer than the Meraviglia on which she is designed and styled, and has an increased width and a total of 2,444 cabins, which is 200 more than the Meraviglia.

A feature of the Grandiosa will be a classic and contemporary fine art museum exhibiting original artworks in collaboration with cultural centres and art museums around the world. MSC Cruises has also partnered with the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, which will perform a show onboard in purpose-built dining and entertainment venues.

Another highlight is an extended 111-metre-long indoor promenade. Like the Meraviglia, the promenade will house a range of restaurants, bars and shops and will be covered by a “digital sky” LED screen showing events and vistas overhead.

Yet other features of this ship are family group ‘cluster cabins’, where up to three cabins can be joined so larger families can stay together; an outdoor water park; a double-deck indoor amusement park; double-deck entertainment space and aft lounge; and up-to-the minute wristband technology that enables passengers to book restaurants and spa treatments, make payments and even keep track of their children with geo-locate software.

Take a virtual tour of MSC Grandiosa [6:21]

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NSRI TASKED TO EVACUATE SICK CREWMAN FROM BULK CARRIER OUTSIDE DURBAN

Alick Rennie, featured in NSRI rescue off Port of Durban, featured in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Durban sea rescue boat Alick Rennie

Clifford Ireland, NSRI Durban duty coxswain, reports that a 42 year old Filipino crewman on a bulk carrier offshore of Durban was evacuated from the ship on Tuesday morning.

Ireland said that the NSRI Durban duty crew and Netcare 911 rescue paramedics were placed on alert late on Monday afternoon by MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) to prepare to patient evacuate the crewman, who was suffering a medical emergency.

With the ship approaching Durban it was decided that the transfer of the seaman would take place at first light, Tuesday morning.

Ireland said that MRCC, a Government Health EMS duty doctor, Telkom Maritime Radio Services, Transnet National Ports Authority and NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) assisted in the coordination and logistics of the operation.

At 07h30, Tuesday, 1 October, the NSRI Durban duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Alick Rennie, and accompanied by Netcare 911 rescue paramedics, they rendezvoused with the ship at sea off the Port of Durban.

Once alongside a rescue paramedic and NSRI rescue crew were transferred onto the ship where the ships medical crew transferred the patient into the care of the rescue paramedic. The patient was then transferred onto the sea rescue craft and taken to the NSRI rescue base in Durban harbour where he was transported to hospital in a stable condition.

The patient evacuation operation was completed at 10h15.

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CONTRACT AWARDED FOR NEW PORT LOUIS CRUISE TERMINAL

Port Louis' planned cruise terminal, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port Louis’ planned cruise terminal

The contract to build a new US$14 million cruise terminal at Port Louis in Mauritius has been awarded to the joint venture of CRBC-PADCO.

The ambitious project will see the cruise terminal emerging on a 60 hectare artificial island with a 40-ha container park, as Mauritius moves to position itself more strongly as a regional hub in the Indian Ocean.

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Port Louis, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port Louis

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GETTING TO ZERO COALITION: MAERSK AIMS A CARBON-FREE VESSEL BY 2030

[3:51] – view also relevant YouTube videos at end of this video

The Getting to Zero Coalition is a powerful alliance of more than 60 companies within the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors, supported by key governments and IGOs.

It is also a partnership between the Global Maritime Forum, the Friends of Ocean action, and the World Economic Forum. The Coalition has committed itself to getting commercially viable deep sea zero emission vessels powered by zero emission fuels into operation by 2030 – maritime shipping’s moon-shot ambition.

International shipping emits 2-3 percent of global GHG emissions, transporting close to 80 percent of global trade by volume. To curb the emissions from shipping, the IMO has agreed on an ambition to reduce GHG emissions from shipping by at least 50 percent by 2050.

To reach this goal and to make the transition to full decarbonization possible, commercially viable zero emission vessels must start entering the global fleet by 2030, with their numbers to be radically scaled up through the 2030s and 2040s.

This will require both developing the vessels as well as the future fuel supply chain, which can only be done through close collaboration and deliberate collective action between the maritime industry, the energy sector, the financial sector, and governments and IGOs.

Shipping’s decarbonization can be the engine that drives green development across the world. The falling costs of net zero carbon energy technologies make the production of sustainable alternative fuels increasingly competitive.

Determined collective action in shipping can increase confidence among suppliers of future fuels that the sector is moving in this direction. This will translate through the supply chain into increased demand for zero emission fuels. It could also be an important point of leverage for change across other hard-to-abate sector, thus accelerating the broader energy transition.

New marine fuels, derived from abundant untapped renewable resources, could also bring substantial development gains. Ports and shipping already underpin many countries’ economic growth; if shipping becomes a reliable source of demand for zero emission fuels, it has the potential to drive investment in energy projects in developing and middle-income countries. – source: Getting to Zero Coalition

Video: Soren Toft, Maersk COO speaks during the recent Climate Action Summit on Maersk plans of having the first carbon-neutral ships in the global fleet by 2030 [3:14].

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THE USN AT WORK IN WATERS NEAR AND FAR AROUND AFRICA

190927-N-RJ834-0063 STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR (Sept. 27, 2019) Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Tyler Shiplet mans a .50-caliber machine gun as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) transits the Strait of Gibraltar. Lassen is operating in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interest. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released), Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

On 27 September underway on passage through the Strait of Gibraltar we see Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Tyler Shiplet manning a .50-calibre machine gun in the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82).

Lassen is operating in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend US, allied and partner interest. US Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released. USN ©.

USS Abraham Lincoln about to refuel at sea, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news. USN picture

On the same day in the Arabian Sea the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) approaches the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) for a replenishment-at-sea.

Currently the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the US 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.

With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tristan Kyle Labuguen/Released. USN ©.

Reported on 20 September from St John’s, Newfoundland US Navy Rear-Admiral Edward Cashman, right, commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), and Royal Canadian Navy Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, pose for a photo during a debriefing on the completion of exercise Cutlass Fury 2019. featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Reported on 20 September from St John’s, Newfoundland US Navy Rear-Admiral Edward Cashman, right, commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), and Royal Canadian Navy Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, pose for a photo during a debriefing on the completion of exercise Cutlass Fury 2019.

Cutlass Fury is designed to be a biennial, medium-scale exercise off the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, with the purpose of unifying Canada’s Atlantic Fleet, Allied navies, and other joint elements in tactical-level warfare.

While Cutlass Fury has previously seen a focus on anti-submarine warfare, the addition of anti-air warfare brings a new element to the exercise. With the goal of simulating realistic operational scenarios, adding a significant anti-air warfare component to this year’s exercise enables the participants to train in a more complex multi-threat environment.

The importance of evolving to meet the changes of maritime forces and threats was also stressed by Admiral Cashman. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cameron Stoner/Released. USN ©.

In Atlantic waters on 22 September an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 takes off from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69). Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

In Atlantic waters on 22 September an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 takes off from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69).

At the time Ike, with embarked Carrier Air Wing 3, was underway conducting the Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) as part of the basic phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaleb J Sarten/Released. USN ©.

In the Eastern Caribbean on 25 September the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is seen anchored off the coast of Castries, Saint Lucia during its six-day medical mission, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

In the Eastern Caribbean on 25 September the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is seen anchored off the coast of Castries, Saint Lucia during its six-day medical mission.

Comfort was working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K Nall/Released, USN ©.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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BLUE ECONOMY KEY TO KENYA’S DEVELOPMENT, SAYS PRESIDENT KENYATTA

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The Ocean (Blue) Economy

According to Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya is prioritising the implementation of sustainable blue economy programs because of the sector’s potential to accelerate the country’s development.

The President said the shrinking land-based resources won’t be adequate to sustain a rising world population in the long run hence the need for countries to…

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NEW MOZAMBIQUE RAILWAY WILL CONNECT QUELIMANE AND MACUSE WITH TETE

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Some details of the new railway to connect a new ore port at Macuse north of the port town of Quelimane with Tete province, have been revealed.

The rail link with the coal producing area around Moatize in Tete province is vital to the success of an alternative coal line to a deep water port, as the westerly line developed by Vale and…

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US EXIM BANK APPROVES LOAN FOR MOZAMBIQUE LNG PROJECT

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The board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) on Thursday (16 September) voted to authorise a direct loan of up to US$5 billion. The loan is to support the export of U.S. goods and services from multiple states for the development and construction of an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) project located on the Afungi Peninsula in northern Mozambique.

According to the US EXIM bank, the financing will support U.S. exports of goods and services for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the onshore LNG plant and related facilities.

The transaction will support an estimated 16,400 American jobs over the five-year construction period, including jobs at suppliers in Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and the District of Columbia. Through follow-on sales, thousands of additional jobs are likely to be generated across the United States.

The statement said that through fees and interest earned, the transaction is also anticipated to generate more than $600 million in revenue for U.S. taxpayers, according to EXIM projections.

“Because of President Trump’s leadership, EXIM was fully restored in May, and our board was able to vote today—following a robust evaluation process to ensure taxpayer protection—to make this deal possible for American workers,” said EXIM President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed.

He said that private financing was not available for this project given its size, complexity, and risk—necessitating support from EXIM.

“We have been told that China and Russia were slated to finance this deal before our EXIM board quorum was restored by the U.S. Senate. The project now will be completed without their involvement and instead with ‘Made in the USA’ products and services. This is a win for our nation.”

“EXIM’s support of the Mozambique LNG project will directly support President Trump’s Prosper Africa Initiative to increase America’s trade with Africa. This transaction will enable many U.S. companies in numerous states to participate in this significant project and also support thousands of American jobs,” Reed said.

“In addition to supporting our U.S. workers here at home, there also is little doubt that this transaction will be transformative for the people of Mozambique. It is currently forecast that the life of project will have a net benefit of more than $60 billion, which is more than four times the current gross domestic product of Mozambique. In addition, the project is obligated to provide domestic gas, which will support the expansion of electric generation capacity and the development of other industries in the country,” Reed said.

“LNG production will be a transformational catalyst for Mozambique’s economic growth and fiscal revenues.”

The Mozambique LNG project will begin to develop the Rovuma Basin, one of the world’s most extensive untapped reserves of natural gas. The project is anticipated to have a transformative impact on Mozambique’s economy during the expected operational period of the project.

See also news article below: Total closing deal with Anadarko for LNG project in Mozambique

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GAMBIAN AUTHORITIES DETAIN CHINESE FISHING VESSEL

Sea Shepherd's Ocean Warrior patrol vessel that has been operating on African coast, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Sea Shepherd’s Ocean Warrior patrol vessel that has been operating on African coast

A Chinese fishing vessel owned by the Qunlong Fishing Enterprise which is operating from a Gambian address has been detained for operating without a licence.

Earlier the vessel had been intercepted by a Sea Shepherd vessel operating with the Gambian authorities along the Gambian coast.

The manager of Qunlong Fishing Enterprise acknowledged that one of his vessels had been suspended from operations but said…

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STOLT TANKER EXPLOSION IN ULSAN HARBOUR, FIRE SPREADS TO ODFJELL TANKER

Explosion on board the tanker Stolt Groenland. Picture Yonhap, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Explosion on board the tanker Stolt Groenland. Picture Yonhap

The Stolt oil products tanker STOLT GROENLAND (IMO 9414072) suffered an explosion while moored in the South Korean Port of Ulsan yesterday (Monday 30 September). Miraculously, all 25 crew members on the 43,478-dwt vessel were reported to be safe but ten others suffered injuries – nine of these were…

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TOTAL CLOSING DEAL WITH ANADARKO FOR LNG PROJECT IN MOZAMBIQUE

Total's Anaarko acquisition in Mozambique, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Total announced yesterday (Monday) the closing of the acquisition of Anadarko’s 26.5% operated interest in the Mozambique LNG project for a purchase price of US$3.9 billion.

This closing comes after Total reached a binding agreement with Occidental on 3 May 2019 to acquire Anadarko’s assets in Africa (Mozambique, Algeria, Ghana and South Africa) and signed the subsequent Purchase and Sale Agreement on 3 August 2019, as previously reported here.

This first transaction follows receipt of all requisite approvals…

See article report above: US EXIM Bank approves loan for Mozambique LNG project

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THE UK MOTOR TRADES AND BREXIT: THE SMMT POSITION

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At the end of the week just past (27 September) Europe’s leading automotive representatives united to warn of the irreversible and severe damage of a No Deal Brexit.

In a statement on the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMTs’) highly informative news service it was pointed out that the European automotive sector is deeply integrated such that the benefits of free and frictionless trade have helped this sector become one of…

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INDIAN CONTAINER MARKET EXPECTED TO GROW FURTHER AS HAPAG-LLOYD LAUNCHES TWO NEW SERVICES

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Illustration kindly provided by: www.hapag-lloyd.com ©

MIAX service links India, Middle East & Africa

In response to growing demand, Hapag-Lloyd will offer more services from and to India. This was announced on 27 September.

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Two new services, the South East India – Europe Express (IEX) and the Middle East – India –Africa Express (MIAX), will commence operation in October.

Both the IEX and the MIAX will further strengthen Hapag-Lloyd’s market position in India and connect the country even more closely to North Europe and Africa.

In the words of Dheeraj Bhatia, Senior Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd’s Region Middle East: “We believe in serving the needs of all Indian customers. To do that, a comprehensive service coverage is essential and the IEX and MIAX will be an optimal addition to our existing service portfolio.”

Added Rizwan Soomar, CEO and Managing Director, DP-World Indian sub-continent: “Hapag-Lloyd has a strong network of services connecting key markets through Indian ports. The launch of two new services – IEX and MIAX – will create stronger opportunities for EXIM cargo and for Indian manufacturers to cater to global markets. At DP World, it is our constant endeavour to deliver the best services to our partners in the supply chain with highest levels of efficiency.

“We are extremely pleased to be chosen by Hapag-Lloyd yet again as it reinforces their confidence in our capabilities to add value to trade. We will work closely with Hapag-Lloyd to ensure that customers benefit from our multi modal logistics capabilities in the country to effectively manage their supply chains.”

DP-World is one of the leading terminal providers in India.

It is understood that the IEX will provide the only direct connection between South and East India and Europe in the market. The weekly service, jointly operated with ONE, YML and COSCO, will be made up of nine 6,500 TEU vessels, with Hapag-Lloyd contributing four ships. The first departures are scheduled for 26 October.

Growing demand in India – Africa capacity

On the other hand the MIAX, launching on 12 October, will support the growing demand of transport capacity between India and Africa. Hapag-Lloyd will operate MIAX jointly with ONE. A total of nine vessels with a capacity of 2,800 TEU each, will serve on this new route, five of which will be provided by Hapag-Lloyd.

Hapag-Lloyd entered the Indian market 12 years ago and has established a strong presence in the country with 12 services and 14 offices. The company has experienced significant growth in transported volumes every year since then.

Dheeraj Bhatia added by way of confirmation: “In recent years we have seen strong growth in our transport volumes and market share, and today have roughly a market share of around 9%. There is great potential for further growth in India and the new IEX and MIAX services are a step into that direction.”

About Hapag-Lloyd

Today, Hapag-Lloyd employs over 2,000 experts in India and Indians are the largest group of nationalities in the global Hapag-Lloyd organisation.

With a fleet of 237 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.7 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies.

The Company has around 12,800 employees and 399 offices in 128 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of approximately 2.6 million TEU – including one of the largest and most modern fleets of reefer containers. A total of 118 liner services worldwide ensure fast and reliable connections between more than 600 ports on all continents.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

N.B. Several launch events have been planned by Hapag-Lloyd for South Africa. Contact the local H-G office for details.

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INDIAN REGISTER OF SHIPPING (IRClass) OPENS DOHA OFFICE

One of the world’s major classification societies, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has opened an office in Doha at the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC). This was reported on 25 September.

IR Class staff at the opening of the new Doha office, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
IR Class staff at the opening of the new Doha office

Commemorating the office opening, a function was held at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel which was attended by a large number of senior delegates from Indian Embassy, Qatar Financial Centre,…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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AWARDING OF CONTRACTS CONFIRMS FURTHER DRILLING FOR OIL & GAS OFF MOSSEL BAY

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Normand Drott

The awarding of contracts issued to Norway’s Solstad Farstad to provide two large anchor handling tugs (AHTS) is bringing further drilling for oil and gas on the Outeniqua Basin off Mossel Bay closer to reality.

The contracts with Solstad Farstad were issued by the French oil major Total, which earlier announced its intention of further drilling of Block 11B/12B where…

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Normand Prosper

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STENA IMPERO UNDER WAY AT LAST

Images of the mv Stena Impero, seen here sailing from Bandar Abbas (Iran), en route to Dubai after being released by Iranian officials on 27 September. These images were taken on board a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter patrolling the Gulf as part of the International Maritime Security Construct. Picture: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Images of the mv Stena Impero, seen here sailing from Bandar Abbas (Iran), en route to Dubai after being released by Iranian officials on 27 September. These images were taken on board a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter patrolling the Gulf as part of the International Maritime Security Construct. The second vessel in the lower picture is the service vessel Mubarak Spirit. Picture: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Images of the mv Stena Impero, seen here sailing from Bandar Abbas (Iran), en route to Dubai after being released by Iranian officials on 27 September. These images were taken on board a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter patrolling the Gulf as part of the International Maritime Security Construct. The second vessel in the lower picture is the service vessel Mubarak Spirit.  Picture: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

It has been announced that the products tanker STENA IMPERO (IMO 9797400), which has been detained by the Iranian authorities since 19 July has been released. *See HERE for details of the detention.

Yesterday (Friday 27 September) Erik Hanell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk commented: “The Stena Impero has now left Iranian waters and is on route to Dubai. The Master has reported that all crew members are safe and in high spirits following release. Upon arrival, the crew will receive medical checks and de-briefing by the Company, following which arrangements have been made for them to return directly to their families in their respective countries.

“Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management would like to take this opportunity to praise the crew for their professionalism in the handling of this difficult and stressful situation. Also, to their families who maintained a caring and supportive role throughout.  The importance of their support cannot be over stated. The crew will have a period of time to be with their families following 10 weeks of detainment on the vessel. Full support will be offered to the crew and families in the coming weeks to assist with their recovery.

“We also wish to take this opportunity to thank all authorities who have assisted over the past 10 weeks in securing the release of the vessel.  In particular we would like to recognise the efforts of the Swedish Foreign Ministry throughout this incident and also the support from various UK Government departments, coordinated by the Department for Transport’s maritime division. In addition we are grateful for the Consular visits on board from the embassies of India, Russia, Latvia and the Philippines.”

Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management will not release the names of the crew members and have asked their privacy be respected at this time.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “The Stena Impero was unlawfully seized by Iran. It is part of a pattern of attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation. We are working with our international partners to protect shipping and uphold the international rule of law.”

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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