Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 13 October 2019

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FRONT PAGE: POOLGRACHT

Poolgracht sailing from Durban, Picture: Trevor Jones, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Poolgracht.    Picture: Trevor Jones

The general cargo P14-type vessel POOLGRACHT (IMO 9448360) departs from Durban with an interesting looking cargo on deck. Built in 2011, the 19,381-dwt vessel is owned and managed by Spliethoff’s Bevrachtings BV situated in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Spliethoff, whose vessels have become fairly regular visitors to the port of Durban in recent years, owns and operates a fleet of around 50 multipurpose ships of between 12,000 to 23,000-dwt. With the exception of about five long-term time charter ships all of the other vessels have the suffix ‘gracht’ affixed to their names. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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MYSTERY SURROUNDS EXPLOSIONS ON THE IRANIAN TANKER SABITI

Tanker Sabiti shortly after being struck by reported missiles, sone 60 n.miles form the Saudi coast, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tanker Sabiti shortly after being struck by reported missiles, some 60 n.miles form the Saudi coast

Uncertainty surrounds the origin of the attack on an Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea which Iran immediately called a “terrorist attack” and pointed at Saudi Arabia as the culprit, but has since pulled back from that accusation saying that Saudi was not involved.

The question then remains as to who sent a missile, if it was a missile, into the side of the tanker SABITI, leaving a gaping hole in the hull from which oil is gushing out into the surrounding ocean, some…

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SOUTH AFRICAN COMPANY BUYS ODFJELL’S PRODUCTS TANKER BOW CECIL

Bow Cecil, now a South African owned and flagged vessel, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Bow Cecil, now a South African owned and flagged vessel

Nduna Maritime and Sasol have entered into a R400 million enterprise and supplier development (ESD) funding agreement through the Sasol Siyakha Trust, in South Africa’s first locally-owned maritime (trading) vessel.

The specialised chemical tanker, BOW CECIL (IMO: 9143219), has been acquired from Norway’s Odfjell Chemical Tankers and according to the statement issued is the first South African flagged vessel that will transport chemicals to international markets registered to carry the South African flag.*

“We are particularly proud of this landmark agreement, as it is a significant investment into localising and diversifying our supply chain. As a global producer of a number of chemical products, we supply numerous markets around the world with products made in South Africa. Through Nduna Maritime, we are extending our value chain participation through a wholly owned South African business,” said Vuyo Kahla, Executive Vice President: Advisory, Assurance and Supply Chain, Sasol Limited.

Vusi Mazibuko, Mnambithi Group Executive Chairman said: “We are excited about the acquisition and have long term plans to own and operate our own tankers. We also have plans to expand our fleet in both liquid bulk and dry bulk vessels which will see us further deepen South African ownership of the maritime industry. The vessel currently handles outbound shipments of chemicals into South East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe for Sasol and other companies.”

Sasol spends approximately R1.8 billion a year on shipping from South Africa to global markets. As the owner of Bow Cecil, Nduna Maritime will leverage this asset to increase its capacity to ship more chemical products to markets concentrated in Asia.

Mazibuko added, “We believe that through this ground-breaking project, we have heeded the call to address the aspirations of our government’s National Development Plan by increasing investment in the country’s ship registry as well as by creating an enabling environment for the improvement of human capital and skills development in the sector.”

“Sasol, as a company proudly rooted in our South African heritage, is committed to making a significant contribution to South Africa’s economic transformation. We believe that, through enabling players to participate in our value chain, we catalyse further economic growth,” added Kahla.

Bow Cecil

* A significant number of South African owned and operated ships have, in the years prior to the 1990s, been both owned and flagged locally. The statement above refers to the current situation regarding South African owned and flagged vessels.

Bow Cecil was built in 1998. The ship has a length of 183 metres and a width of 32m with a draught of 9.2 metres. Her summer deadweight is 37,69 tonnes and her gross tonnage is 23,206t. The ship is currently berthed at Durban’s island View.

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SAMSUNG WINS ORDER TO BUILD SIX 23,764-TEU CONTAINER SHIPS FOR EVERGREEN

Evergreen ship, picture by Wikipedia Commonsandfeatured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp has placed an order with South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries for six container ships each to carry 23,764 TEU and to be delivered by May 2022.

These will constitute the biggest ships in the Evergreen fleet and indeed in the world, as…

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CMA CGM ANNOUNCES RATE RESTORATIONS & FAK RATE INCREASES

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French shipping company CMA CGM has announced several general rate restorations concerning the South Africa and Indian Ocean region, as follows:

 

 

General Rate Restoration (GRR) – From Asia to South Africa

Effective from 1 November 2019 (B/L date):

From Asia, including China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, East Coast of India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, to South Africa (all ports), all cargo dry, reefer,…

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MOZAMBICAN SECURITY FORCES KILL NINE INSURGENTS NEAR MOCIMBOA DA PRAIA

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According to reports from Mozambique, the country’s security forces have engaged with and killed nine insurgents near Limala-Mbau, which is in the Mocimboa da Praia district.

In a press release issued by the Mozambique Defence Ministry, the defence force personnel are reported to have engaged in a firefight with the insurgents, believed to be islamic fundamentalists, which resulted in the killing of nine terrorists.

“The operations are continuing and the defence and security forces remain in combat readiness,” the press release stated without providing any further details.

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MOMBASA TRUCKERS IN STRONG PROTEST OVER LOSSES TO SGR

Kenya's impressive SGR, efficient but not attracting the expected volume of traffic, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Kenya’s impressive SGR, efficient but not attracting the expected volume of traffic

Truckers in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa recently staged a strong protest over the government enforcement of the use of the standard gauge railway (SGR) to move containers and other cargo from the port inland to Nairobi and other destinations.

The protests by the truckers were made despite an announcement by the Kenya government suspending a previous order that all cargo had to be transported on rail.

According to truckers they were prevented from accessing the port despite the government saying it had lifted the ban on road transport.

Reports say that at least 13 truckers had been detained by police and taken away to the Nyali Police Station.

This followed accounts of the police and truckers engaging in running battles along the Mombasa-Malindi highway.

The reports of the arrests were confirmed by Nyali Sub County Police Commander Simon Thirikwa who said that once the truckers had infringed on the right of others then they were conducting an illegal demo.

It wasn’t only truckers that were detained – among those taken away were several activists from human rights organisations.

The unrest is a result of the Kenyan government seeking ways of maximising revenue of the standard gauge railway which connects the port and city with Nairobi and continues further inland with ultimate intended destinations at Kisumu on Lake Victoria and at the Uganda border.

A government decree that all the cargo from the port was to be transported by rail was seen as a death knell for truckers, who have traditionally competed with the old metre-gauge railway. However, the Kenyan government is faced with an extremely heavy bill for the construction and running of the new faster SGR, built by a Chinese company with loans from the Chinese banks and now virtually operated by a Chinese company.

Truckers say they will continue with their protests and have vowed to demonstrate every Monday until the ban is completely lifted.

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THE UK’S BREXIT NO-DEAL READINESS REPORT

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On 8 October the UK Government issued a 159 page document titled: The UK’s Brexit No-Deal Readiness Report.

See HERE :

To quote its executive summary by the Prime Minister*: “The United Kingdom (UK) is getting ready to leave the European Union (EU) on 31 October 2019. While the Government would prefer to leave with a deal and will work to the final hour to achieve one, we are prepared to leave without a deal in order to respect the referendum result.

“This document outlines the way that the Government hopes to seize the opportunities of Brexit, while preparing for an outcome in which we leave without a deal.

“What does leaving without a deal mean? Leaving the EU with no-deal would mean leaving without a Withdrawal Agreement or a framework for a future relationship in place. In the absence of an implementation period, businesses and citizens would need to adapt immediately to the UK’s new relationship with the EU.

“In the immediate aftermath, the UK and the EU would trade with each other on World Trade Organization terms. The UK would be outside the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and the direct effect of EU law would no longer apply.

“Given the implications for citizens, consumers, businesses and the economy, the Government is committed to prioritising stability. In some areas, the Government would act unilaterally to provide continuity for a temporary period, irrespective of whether the EU reciprocates.”

In summary the document outlines how many facets of people’s lives will be affected by the UK’s departure from the European Union.

These are set out below:

Borders
Flow at the Border-Goods

(Note: Businesses should check whether their goods require additional paperwork, such as Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for food or Catch Certificates for fish, and whether their goods need to go via a Border Inspection Post. Businesses can find out what additional requirements apply to their goods by filling out a checklist.

Further information for businesses exporting live animals, products of animal origin, animal by-products, fish, food and drink is provided in the agrifood section of the report)

Cross-Border Transport Operations
Import Tariffs
Export Tariffs
(Note: UK ferry companies: Those operating regular scheduled services should check with the relevant port authorities in EU Member States to understand what pre-arrival notification (PAN) information they need to provide before arriving at that port. This may include: details of the ship; last 10 ports visited; special or additional security measures taken by the ship; crew list; and passenger list.)

Citizens
EU Citizens in the UK
EU Citizens Coming to the UK after Brexit
UK Nationals in the EU
UK Nationals Travelling to the EU (Including for Work or Study Purposes)
Transport (The Government has put in place significant mitigations
To ensure that transport to and from the EU can continue.)
Tax and Customs for Parcels Sent from Abroad

Data Protection

Energy and Environment
Civil Nuclear
Electricity and Gas Interconnectors
Fuel Supplies
EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and Carbon Emissions
Environment

Services
Service Sectors
Financial Services
Legal Services

Industry
Manufactured Goods Regulation
Medical Devices
Vehicles and Components
Chemicals
Aerospace goods
Intellectual Property
Human Medicines
Veterinary Medicines
Fisheries
Agricultural Support
Exports of Food, Animals and Animal Products
Imports of Food, Animals and Animal Products
Plants
CITES – The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of
Wild Fauna and Flora
Organics
Geographical Indications
Natural Mineral Waters
Food Labelling

Public Services and Local Authorities
Local authorities, education settings and other public sector institutions
Critical goods and medical supplies
Food Supply
EU Funds

Northern Ireland

Devolved Administrations, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories

Operation Yellowhammer and Security

Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, with responsibilities including preparations for a no-deal Brexit, added**: “It is our aim to make sure that we can leave with a deal that reflects our long and close relationship with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU.

“Until then, we will do everything in our power to reach a good agreement that honours the desire for change that was so clearly signalled in the referendum, and paves the way for a bright future outside the Single Market and the Customs Union.

“But while we remain optimistic, we are also realistic about the need to plan for every eventuality. If we cannot secure a good agreement with the EU, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

“At every point, the Government will be candid about the challenges ahead as well as clear-eyed about the opportunities. Together, government, businesses and citizens can work to get ready for Brexit – and look forward to the future with confidence.”

Parts of the UK Press on 9 October overlooked this document following a reported breakdown of negotiations with the EU and the potential difficulties with trade through the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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Reproduction of these quotations, extracted from the publication The UK’s Brexit No-Deal Readiness Report, is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0©.

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CMA CGM ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF GUINEA GULF EXPRESS (GGX)

Map of rotation of CMA CGM's Guinea Gulf Express, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

French container shipping line CMA CGM has announced the impending introduction of a new product the Guinea Gulf Express (GGX), to provide further improvement on the company’s trade lane between Europe and the Mediterranean and West Africa.

The new service will complement CMA CGM’s current six weekly services to the region.

The new Guinea Gulf Express is the second service from Gibraltar hubs linking European, Med and North America…

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TANZANIA PORTS AUTHORITY TARGETS 6 PER CENT INCREASE IN HARBOUR REVENUES

Port of Dar es Salaam, handles most of Tanzania's seaborne cargo, Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Dar es Salaam, handles most of Tanzania’s seaborne cargo

The Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) says that it expects harbour revenues at the Tanzanian ports to increase by up to six per cent in the coming fiscal year.

This confident outlook comes on top of expansion and rehabilitation projects that the TPA has embarked upon as the authority introduces measures of attracting more clients.

In the fiscal year ending 30 June 2019 the TPA achieved a revenue of…

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RUSSIA-AFRICA FORUM LAYS GROUND TO STRENGTHEN TIES

Russia-Africa Forum banner, seen on Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the upcoming Russia-Africa Economic Forum provides fertile ground for participants to strengthen economic ties across nations.

Putin, who will play host to participating African countries, made the statement ahead of the first Russia–Africa Economic Forum which will be held in Sochi on 23–24 October 2019, on the sidelines of the Russia–Africa Summit.

Pres Putin speaking of the forthcoming Russia-Africa Economic Forum, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

President Putin specifically highlighted the importance of developing cooperation between countries and the positive experience gained from developing joint projects.

“Russian-African relations, which have traditionally been friendly and partner-like, have intensified significantly in recent years both at the bilateral level and in various multilateral formats. We have not only managed to preserve the experience gained from fruitful cooperation in the past, but have also achieved new major successes,” he said.

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SA SEAFARER MISSING AFTER TUG BOURBON RHODE SINKS DURING HURRICANE LORENZO

Bourbon Rhode. Picture Courtesy: Bourbon, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Bourbon Rhode. Picture Courtesy: Bourbon

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has confirmed reports of the sinking of an offshore Luxembourg registered tug 1200 nautical miles off Martinique Island in the Caribbean on which a South African seafarer was reportedly on-board.

In a media statement issued on Tuesday, SAMSA said the sinking of the vessel took place 60 nautical miles South-South East from the eye of a Category 4 hurricane storm named Lorenzo.

“SAMSA has received information that the tug, the BOURBON RHODE, sank on the 26th of September and that 14 crew members were declared missing. It has since been established that three crew members had been rescued, four bodies have been recovered and seven were still missing. A search and rescue effort by the Regional Operational Centre of Surveillance and Rescue (Cross) Antilles-Guyane and other parties for the missing crew was currently underway.

“SAMSA has made contact with the owners of the sunken tug and is on standby to offer any support to the family of the missing seafarer. SAMSA continue to monitor the search and rescue efforts and will release information as and when it becomes available,” the agency said.

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ONE YEAR LATER WE’RE STILL WAITING FOR NEWS OF THE RICHARDS BAY FLOATING DOCK

Proposed new Richards Bay ship repair facility including floating dock, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Proposed new Richards Bay ship repair facility including floating dock

Almost exactly a year ago, on 25 October 2018 we ran a report headed At Last! Port of Richards Bay Floating Dock gets green light of approval. To see that report CLICK HERE.

What has happened since then, one year later.   We asked Transnet National Ports Authority and this is their response.

The Pre-feasibility (FEL 2) study has been completed.

TNPA CAPIC sanctioned the Feasibility Study (FEL 3) on 15 March 2019. Tenders for FEL 3 specialist studies i.e. Geotechnical Investigation and Bathymetric Surveys, have been advertised and the tender closed on 25 September 2019.

The geotechnical investigations will enable the engineering team to obtain information on the physical properties of the soil earthworks and foundations for the proposed structure, while the bathymetric survey will allow TNPA to measure the depth of the water and map the underwater features.

The other work that is in progress is the FEL 3 detail designs. (end quote)

So, if you are a ship operator and had thoughts of bringing your ship to a new deepwater type floating dock for maintenance or repair, it will be a while longer.

We at Africa PORTS & SHIPS have been watching and waiting for any developments that indicate something concrete (no pun there) might be about to happen. That goes back for more than the 17 years this publication has been reporting on such matters – it goes back into the mid 1990s, so we are not really expecting any sudden surprises after all this time. However, we’ve been wrong before!

Do read the article of 25 October 2018 for background.

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RAIL CARGO VIA PORT OF WALVIS BAY ON THE INCREASE

Cargo transported rail to and from the Namibian Port of Walvis Bay is on the increase, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cargo transported rail to and from the Namibian Port of Walvis Bay is on the increase

Since April this year the volume of cargo moved by rail either to or from the port at Walvis Bay to inland destinations in Namibia, has continued to improve.

Ms Namvula Ankama, the Acting Executive: Commercial and Marketing at TransNamib said that the increase in rail business is a result of an escalation in demand for the movement of containerized cargo, building material and other traffic such the importation of ammonium nitrate, sleepers and rails.

“TransNamib is a volume based business and this increase in movement via our rails is a positive for the entire country,” she said.

Rail offers a number of benefits compared with road transportation such as cargo that require 30 or more trucks to move cargo on the road will only need one trip via rail. This in turn is a more cost efficient method.

The use of railway is also safer than road transportation which is exposed to road accidents. Additionally, the rail transportation mode emits less emissions that are harmful to the environment.

According to Ms Ankama, the conducive relationship between Namport and TransNamib allows superior customer services to be rendered to all who makes use of the railway via the Port of Walvis Bay.

This cooperation between the two entities is a direct response to Namibia’s aspirations of becoming a logistics hub as detailed in the country’s Master Plan for Development of an International Logistics Hub for SADC countries.

This requires all modes of transportation to work in a closely integrated manner as one complete package of a ‘Logistics Hub’. If one element fails, a ‘Hub’ system as a whole will suffer from substantial loss of efficiency.

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MASSIVE INVESTMENT IN LNG PRODUCTION FOR MOZAMBIQUE

Location of Area or Block 4 in the Rovuma Basin, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Location of Area or Block 4 in the Rovuma Basin

In a far-reaching development with Mozambique’s emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the Rovuma Basin in the north of the country, the US Exxon Mobil Corp has made what is being described as the biggest ever private investment in Africa.

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NAMPORT STS CRANE OPERATORS GRADUATE

Some of the graduates who successfully underwent training on the new STS cranes at the Port of Walvis Bay, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Some of the 33 graduates who successfully underwent training on the new STS cranes at the Port of Walvis Bay

On Monday this week 33 staff members at the Namibian Ports Authority received certificates of competency enabling them to operate the new Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes that have been installed at the Port of Walvis Bay.

This followed a training programme conducted by the crane manufacturer, Liebherr Africa who had been selected by Namport after a comprehensive selection process. The training …

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WORLD’S FIRST HYDROGEN-POWERED SEAGOING VESSEL DOCKS IN LONDON

Energy Observer sailing beneath Tower Bridge in Londn. Pictures courtesy: Energy Observer, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Energy Observer sailing beneath Tower Bridge in London. Pictures courtesy: Energy Observer

Having sailed 18,000 nautical miles since leaving Saint-Malo in 2017, the world’s first seagoing hydrogen-powered vessel, ENERGY OBSERVER has arrived in London for the final leg of its 2019 tour of Northern Europe.

This floating laboratory, a harbinger for the energy systems of tomorrow, is docked under Tower Bridge following its remarkable arrival on the Thames. It is accompanied by its traveling exhibition, which will be located at St. Katharine Docks and freely accessible to the general public.

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CHINESE-BUILT CRUISE SHIP GREG MORTIMER CALLS AT CAPE TOWN- PICTURES

Greg Mortimer on her berth at the Cape Town Cruise Terminal. All picture by Ian Shiffman, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Greg Mortimer on her berth at the Cape Town Cruise Terminal. All pictures by Ian Shiffman

Monday (7 October 2019) saw the arrival in Cape Town harbour of the first cruise ship to be built for Western operation by a Chinese shipbuilder.

The 8035-gt GREG MORTIMER is on a delivery voyage to her owners and operators, SunStone and Aurora Expeditions respectively. The ship has no passengers on board, only a small number of workers busy completing the finishing touches to this vessel before arrival in Ushuaia in South America and the start of cruising in the Antarctic near the end of October.

Aurora Expeditions is an Australian-based cruise operator with orders for a further five and possibly more ships identical to Greg Mortimer. The owner, SunStone Ships is an American concern based in Miami.

Read more about this ship in our earlier article of 9 September Expedition ship Greg Mortimer delivered by Chinese shipyard

A section of the ship Greg Mortimer's bridge, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
A section of the ship’s bridge
One of the state rooms or cabins on the cruise ship Greg Mortimer with balcony, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
One of the state rooms or cabins with balcony
Greg Mortimer's builder plate, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Greg Mortimer’s builder’s plate
The ship Greg Mortimer in Cape Town at dusk. All pictures courtesy Ian Shiffman and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The ship in Cape Town at dusk. All pictures courtesy Ian Shiffman

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SENTINEL OVER THE NETHERLANDS

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By kind courtesy of the news service provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) and particularly the Earth observation Image of the Week published on 4 October, readers can witness The Netherlands featured in this false-colour image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

The Netherlands. Picture released 04/10/2019 10:00 am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. Id 431213. ESA ©, presented in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Netherlands. Picture released 04/10/2019 10:00 am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. Id 431213. ESA ©

This image was processed in a way that included the near-infrared channel, which makes vegetation appear bright red.

Amsterdam, the capital, is visible towards the top of the image, on the edge of the IJmeer. The city’s complex network of canals can be seen in the image. Here the city is said to have over 1000 bridges.

Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and is visible in the lower left, along the banks of the New Meuse River, which divides the municipality into its northern and southern parts. Rotterdam’s port is the largest port in Europe, stretching over 40 km in length and covering over 10,000 hectares.

The Hague is north of the port, visible along the North Sea coast. The Hague is home to the Dutch seat of government, and the city also hosts the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

To the north of The Hague is the coastal town of Noordwijk, home to ESA’s European Space Technology Research Centre (ESTEC).

ESTEC is ESA’s technical centre where new missions are designed, their industrial development managed and, in some cases, spacecraft and instruments are tested.

ESTEC was recently preparing to host its annual Open Day which was held on 6 October to give the general public the chance to meet astronauts, space experts and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of ESA’s largest establishment. The theme of this year’s event was prepared as ESA to the Moon with an introduction to the Dutch ESA astronaut André Kuipers.

This image shown here is also featured on the ESA’s Earth from Space video programme.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London
with material kindly provided by ESA

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SA NAVY TO HOLD EXERCISES WITH RUSSIAN & CHINESE NAVIES

The Chinese PLAN frigate ZHOUSHAN arriving in Durban in April 2011 following a deployment in the Gulf of Aden. Picture: Terry Hutson, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Chinese PLAN frigate ZHOUSHAN arriving in Durban in April 2011 following a deployment in the Gulf of Aden. Picture: Terry Hutson

The South African Navy is set to hold its first ever naval exercises with ships of the Russian and Chinese navies, the authoritative defenceWeb publication is reporting.

The multi-national naval exercise off the Cape coast will be held at the end of November when the Simon’s Town naval base will host ships of the two northern hemisphere navies. This will be…

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GAME ON! COMMONWEALTH STEPS UP BATTLE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The Commonwealth has launched a regenerative climate change model that marries the ancient wisdom of indigenous groups with emerging innovations, technologies and scientific approaches.

Common Earth is the programme that will create a network of projects that could be replicated and adapted to any community, country or region.

Government officials, environmentalists, scientists, economists, and representatives from indigenous groups from around the Commonwealth met at the organisation’s headquarters in London to discuss how the initiative can achieve sustainable development whilst protecting the planet.

“It is not game over in the battle against climate change, it’s game on,” said Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.

“Because this about looking at practical, existing strategies to clean streams, restore forests and damaged ecosystems, protect marine health, educate our populations and challenge the economic and development approaches that led to the decline of our planet.

“It is about a development model that takes into account the ancient wisdom of the indigenous peoples that found a way to live in harmony with their environments, and integrates it into our scientific advances and solutions to climate change. And it is a model I will take to ministers in our upcoming trade and finance summits and heads of governments at their meeting next year.”

Commonwealth meting on Climate Change, features in report in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Common Earth, she added, will be based on regenerative economic models. Economist Stuart Cowan explained how these types of economies will work.

“When we talk about regenerative economies we are looking at cycles of growth transformation,” he said. “We are looking for ways to bring ecological systems back into full health and blossoming, and figuring out how our economies can meet all our needs, while nature flourishes.

“So as we think about climate change the health of living systems is critically important. The way we use our land, grow our food and design our cities and transportation systems can reduce carbon emissions rapidly and efficiently.”

The Common Earth project will be hinged on the activities of five working groups:

* the ‘Commonwealth Small State, Climate Change Blue-Green Trade Working Group’
* the ‘Gender and Climate Change Working Group’
* the ‘Indigenous Affairs Working Group’>br>
* the ‘Waters Prosperity Working Group’
* the ‘Regenerative Finance Working Group’

Nichie Abo a member and former chairman of the Tribal Council for the Kalinago Indians in Dominica described the conference as important in providing solutions to climate change.

He described the Kalinago Global Resilience projects which have created approaches to building infrastructure and farming that can help to protect, preserve and restore natural resources.

“The Kalinago way is simple, it is not materialistic, not extractive, it has respect for the earth and the entire environment and we view ourselves as one element in the circle of life,” he said.

“What has brought us to this point is that we are not spiritually connected to the earth. And this indigenous philosophy is what the world is now returning to because Western societies have recognised, and science has proven the benefits of the indigenous way of life.”

Rola Khoury, CEO of the Common Earth implementation partner the Cloudburst Foundation, said that the Common Earth Commonwealth Regenerative Development Convening was an unprecedented meeting between scientists, regenerative and drawdown practitioners, and diverse communities including many youth and indigenous peoples who came to discuss the importance of integrated climate action to restore ecosystems and communities.

“In addition to delivering pilot projects from Belize, Kalinago, New Zealand, and Kiribati delegates formed five working groups on blue green trade, indigenous affairs, regenerative finance and gender and climate change. All participants agreed to take coordinated action on regeneration in their regions and to deliver new projects including the Global Common Earth Network,” said Khoury.

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CMF DEMONSTRATES FULL RANGE OF COUNTER PIRACY CAPABILITIES

CMF visiting the master and crew of the tanker MT Fidelity. Picture courtesy: CMF, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
CMF visiting the master and crew of the tanker MT Fidelity. Picture courtesy: CMF

The latest in multi-national counter-piracy operations, led by Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) has taken place in the Gulf of Aden with assets from nine nations participating, CMF has reported.

Conducted routinely to demonstrate the effective capabilities to track, deter, board and search any vessels participating in possible counter piracy activities, the operation involved…

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US$49.8 MILLION CONTRACT AWARD TO SUPPORT US LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP PROGRAMME

The littoral combat ship USS Billings prepares to enter port at Naval Station Mayport. Billings was commissioned at Key West, Fla. on 3 August and will be calling Naval Station Mayport its new homeport. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian G Reynolds/Released. USN © featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The littoral combat ship USS Billings prepares to enter port at Naval Station Mayport. Billings was commissioned at Key West, Fla. on 3 August and will be calling Naval Station Mayport its new homeport. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian G Reynolds/Released. USN ©

Jacksonville, Florida-based Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast reported in the last week of September that it had awarded a $49.8 million contract to Walsh Federal LLC to build a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) logistics facility at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

As NS Mayport is going to receive 14 LCSs based there, construction of an improved logistics facility is expected to support personnel and crew assigned to these ships. The facility will support the LCS programme, which includes the LCS Operational Trainer Facility (LTF).

“The LTF is a vital tool for training our sailors in simulated real-world situations they may encounter while underway,” said NS Mayport Executive Officer Commander Patricia Tyler. She added: “The new facilities allow teams to effectively train in a safe and controlled environment, providing immediate feedback and lessons learned to our warfighters.”

It is understood that this contract provides for construction of a new four-storey building and renovations to an existing building. Together, the two buildings will house the ashore component of administrative functions for deployed and in-port LCSs, as well as a portion of the training component.

Work started on 1 October and is expected to be completed by August 2021.

Initiated in February 2002, the LCS programme represents a reduction in time to acquire, design and build ships in comparison to any previous ship class.

LCS is a fast (45knott), agile and mission-focused platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. The LCS class consists of two variants: the Freedom and the Independence.

Currently, 33 LCSs are planned. So far, 16 ships have been delivered (LCS 1-14, 16 and 18), and 10 additional LCSs are under various stages of construction, as three are in the pre-construction phase.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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FRENCH SHIP FS NIVOSE MAKES MAJOR DRUGS BUST IN ARABIAN SEA

FS Nivose making another interception this time in the Gulf of Aden of a previous occasion. Picture: CMF, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
FS Nivose making another interception this time in the Gulf of Aden of a previous occasion. Picture: CMF

The French patrol frigate based at the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, FS NIVOSE, has made a major drugs bust in the Arabian Sea.

Operating as part of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) the ship stopped a suspicious dhow on Wednesday 25 September in which was discovered a huge amount of hashish.

The dhow had been tracked for a short period and did not respond to requests of her intentions from the warship. The French crew then used Nivose’s rigid inflatable boats to conduct a boarding and in the subsequent search, over 2.5 tonnes of the illegal narcotic was discovered. The hashish has since been destroyed.

“This substantial seizure clearly and unequivocally demonstrates the true value and significant impact of CMF operations on those malign actors who choose to use the sea for their unlawful purposes,” said Commodore Ed Ahlgren Royal Navy, the Commander of Combined Task Force 150.

“The French warship, FS Nivose, operating in direct support of the joint UK and French CTF 150 Command, has sought tenaciously those who wish to do us harm and incite instability in both this region and further afield. Thanks to their efforts, they have disrupted a vital flow of funding to nefarious organisations and I congratulate the crew of FS Nivose on their success and wish them good hunting for their forthcoming operations.”

CTF 150 is an example of how cooperation between international maritime members of the CMF can work together to achieve the common goal of deterring or catching those who risk being a part of illegal narcotics smuggling.

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CHOCCIES FOR SAFETY – NGQURA ACHIEVES ONE MILLION HOURS OF SAFETY

Port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth (seen in the distance), ten years old and one million hours of injury-free service. Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

In last Friday’s edition of Africa PORTS & SHIPS we reported on news that the Eastern Cape Port of Ngqura had reached a decade of existence since its 4 October 2009 first ship working.   See that report by CLICKING HERE.

Today we can also report that the port has…

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BOTSWANA DRY PORT EXPANDS ITS SERVICES

Botswana Dry Port Manager at Port of Walvis Bay, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news , Derick Mokgatle
Dry Port Manager, Derick Mokgatle

The Botswana Dry port which is managed by Sea Rail Botswana is undergoing a facelift at its premises at the Port of Walvis Bay. The relationship between Botswana and Namport arose from an agreement which was signed between the Namibian and Botswanan governments through the Ministry of Works and Transport of Namibia in 2009.

In 2012 the Botswanan government appointed Sea Rail, a…

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MARITIME HERITAGE INSTITUTE HOSTS CONFERENCE ON MARITIME HERITAGE ECOSYSTEM

SAMSA exhibitor describing the aspects of a ship to school learners attending the conference, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
SAMSA exhibitor describing the aspects of a ship to school learners attending the conference

The Maritime Heritage Institute recently hosted an inaugural Maritime Heritage Conference which was in celebration of the World Maritime Day, national Heritage and Tourism Months. The conference was held between 25–27 September 2019 at the Vaal University of Technology’s Quest Conference Estate, in Vanderbijl Park in Gauteng Province.

The theme of the conference was ‘Maritime Heritage: Reclaiming our Future, Advancing our Past.’

The event received the support of several…

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WIND POWERED SHIPS: ClassNK GRANTS AIP TO WIND CHALLENGER PROJECT

Wind powered ships - illustrations here show the project and are reproduced by kind courtesy of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. ©, feautured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Our illustrations here show the project and are reproduced by kind courtesy of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. ©

On 3 October ClassNK reported from Tokyo that it had granted an Approval in Principle (AIP) based on its Guidelines for Wind-Assisted Propulsion Systems for Ships and related regulations for the basic design of a hard sail system.

This method converts wind energy to propulsive force with a telescopic hard sail, and is a fundamental technology of the Wind Challenger Project* that Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd (MOL) and Oshima Shipbuilding Co Ltd…

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NSRI IN VAIN ATTEMPT TO MEDIVAC SERIOUSLY ILL TANKER SEAFARER

Port of Mossel Bay, with Dias Beach in the foreground, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Mossel Bay, with Dias Beach in the foreground

The Mossel Bay National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was activated at 05h23 on Saturday morning, 5 October, to respond to reports of a male crew member on board a crude oil tanker underway at sea who required urgent medical treatment.

According to Justin McCarthy, deputy station commander at NSRI Mossel Bay, news was then received that sadly the patient, a Turkish national, had passed away as the NSRI was preparing to launch its rescue craft.

Following this development, the NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew, accompanied by paramedics, police and Forensic Pathology Services, launched the NSRI sea rescue craft St Blaze Rescuer and rendezvoused with the ship off-shore of Mossel Bay where the body of the deceased, who is believed to have died from natural causes, was taken into the care of Police and the Forensic Pathology Services and then brought to shore at Mossel Bay.

The body of the deceased seafarer has been taken into the care of the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

The MRCC, Telkom Maritime Radio Services, the WC Government Health EMS duty doctor, TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) and NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) all assisted in communications and the coordination of the operation which was completed at 11h30.

The NSRI issued its condolences to the family of the deceased.

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