Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 20 October 2019

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FRONT PAGE: ORANGE STREAM

Orange Stream arriving at Durban.     Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Orange Stream arriving at Durban.     Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Orange Stream arriving at Durban.     Pictures: Keith Betts, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Orange Stream     Pictures: Keith Betts

With South Africa right at the very tail end of the 2019 citrus season, this must be among the last of the reefer ships to call at Durban, the country’s premier port for citrus exports. Many of the reefers are well turned out and pleasant to gaze upon and this is no exception, ORANGE STREAM (IMO 9795983) of GreenSea, a Belgian  shipping concern specialising in refrigerated vessels. Flagged in Curacao the ship was built in 2019 – who was it who said they weren’t building reefer ships anymore? The ship has a deadweight of 8120 tonnes and a length of 115 metres and a width of 18m. We include three pictures here simply because we enjoy the sight of the end of the Bluff appearing in pictures of ships in the Durban entrance – the classic Durban shot, or so we think! These pictures are by Keith Betts

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HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH’S AIRCRAFT EMBARKED

Off the East Coast USA

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft embarked, Illustrations MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft embarked, Illustrations MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft embarked, Illustrations MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft embarked, Illustrations MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Illustrations MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

Pictures released by the MOD on 13 October show UK F-35 Lightning jets landing, taking off and hovering onboard Britain’s next generation aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time.

Flown by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots, the Lightning jets are embarking in the 65,000 tonne carrier to conduct operational trials off the East Coast of the USA.

This follows successful developmental trials last year with US Lightning jets, where forces conducted 500 take offs and landings over their eleven-week period at sea.

These trials are aimed at end-to-end testing of the aircraft and personnel to ensure the aircraft are compatible with the carrier. Tests involve mission planning, arming the aircraft using the ship’s Highly Automated Weapon Handling System, flying missions and debriefing on completion.

The landings on HMS Queen Elizabeth are part of the WESTLANT 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Once fully operational, UK Carrier Strike Group will be a formidable force around the world, using a number of platforms to work alongside the UK’s allies.

During this time, the aircraft carrier will be escorted by Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon, submarine hunter HMS Northumberland, tanker RFA Tideforce and Merlins from 814, 820 and 845 Naval Air Squadrons, Wildcats from 815 squadron and Royal Marines from Lima Company, 42 Commando.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “This is another step towards the UK’s carrier strike capability becoming fully operational. The bringing together of the UK Lightnings on the first in class HMS Queen Elizabeth paves the way for the world’s most up to date, fully integrated carrier force.”

The Lightning aircraft operates with an advanced design. It is the first jet to combine radar evading stealth technology with supersonic speed, as well as the ability to land vertically. Given its ability to conduct missions both from land and sea, the jets act as a formidable spine to the carrier strike capability. The UK currently owns 18 aircraft, with an additional order placed for 30 jets.

Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff for Aviation and Carrier Strike, Rear Admiral Martin Connell, Royal Navy, added: “Embarking UK Lightning jets in HMS Queen Elizabeth for the very first time is a major milestone for Royal Navy and Royal Air Force aviation and for our development of the 5th generation Carrier Strike Group capability. Once again, the support from our US Navy and US Marine Corps colleagues in the United States has been incredible and undoubtedly helped bring us to this moment: making maritime aviation history.”

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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TNPA BOOSTS PORT OF CAPE TOWN WITH ANOTHER KZN TUG

Former Durban tug UMBILO which has been transferred to Cape Town. Picture: Trevor Jones, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Former Durban tug UMBILO which has been transferred to Cape Town. Picture: Trevor Jones

Transnet National Ports Authority has redeployed another of its powerful, new tugs to the Port of Cape Town to enhance marine efficiency and enable the Cape port to cater for increased demand from bigger commercial vessels.

Tug UMBILO went into service recently after being redeployed from the Port of Durban.

Built in 2017, UMBILO was the sixth of nine powerful new vessels to roll off the production line as part of the R1.4 billion tug construction contract being executed by Durban ship builder Southern African Shipyards. The Port of Cape Town also took delivery of tug USIBA last year, originally intended for the Port of Richards Bay.

“As a multi-port authority TNPA constantly reviews its resources and adjusts accordingly across the system,” said Cape Town Port Manager, Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana. “The Port of Cape Town’s old fleet of tugs had only a 30- to 40-ton bollard pull which was a disadvantage in servicing larger vessels, especially in challenging weather conditions.

“With USIBA and UMBILO, which are both 70-ton bollard pull tugs, we have a greater ability to improve operational efficiency, speed up vessel turnaround times and reduce service delays even when servicing much larger commercial vessels. This will enhance the port’s competitiveness.”

TNPA’s newest tugs all feature the latest global technology such as Voith Schneider Propellers and each is 31 metres long with a 70-ton bollard pull (TBP).

The Port of Cape Town now boasts two 70 TBP tugs, one 55 TBP and two 40TBP.

TNPA is executing a craft replacement strategy at the port including acquiring two new workboats and a helicopter for marine pilot transfers in the near future.

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NIGERIA TAKES DRASTIC ACTION, SHUTS ITS LAND BORDERS

Map of Nigeria, which shares land borders with Benin, Niger, Chad (lake border), and Cameroon, Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Map of Nigeria, which shares land borders with Benin, Niger, Chad (lake border), and Cameroon   Map: CIA

Concerned by rampant smuggling across its borders with neighbouring countries, in particular the smuggling of rice in defiance of Federal Government efforts at encouraging the use of locally grown rice, the Nigerian Federal Government has taken the drastic action of closing all its land borders until further notice.

Hameed Ali, Nigerian Customs Service comptroller said in the capital Abuja that: “All goods for now are banned from being exported or imported through our land borders and…

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FOREWARD THINKING CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON 4IR MARITIME SKILLS

Pictured during the final day of the Forward Thinking for Maritime Education and Training Excellence conference hosted by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) in Durban this week were from left SAIMI Operations Director Soraya Artman, World Maritime University Associate Professor Momoko Kitada, and SAIMI Senior Manager for Operation Phakisa Skills Initiatives, Nwabisa Matoti, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Pictured during the final day of the Forward Thinking for Maritime Education and Training Excellence conference hosted by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) in Durban this week were from left SAIMI Operations Director Soraya Artman, World Maritime University Associate Professor Momoko Kitada, and SAIMI Senior Manager for Operation Phakisa Skills Initiatives, Nwabisa Matoti

Exploring ways to achieve maritime excellence in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) was at the heart of discussions on the second day of the Forward Thinking for Maritime Education and Training Excellence conference hosted by the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) in Durban this week (Tuesday, 15 October).

Sweden’s World Maritime University Associate Professor Momoko Kitada, an expert on the impact of automation on future labour trends, said many industries – including the maritime industry – are concerned with whether automation will lead to massive unemployment and what interventions were needed to prepare for the 4IR.

With Norway planning to send the first autonomous ship to sea in 2020 – an electric and self-propelled container ship – Kitada said the maritime industry will certainly be impacted by 4IR trends.

These include automation in maintenance, using drones for ship repairs at sea, humanoid robots working on cruise ships and various new services to increase efficiencies in maritime businesses.

“Technology will reduce staff per unit, but the trend in the expansion of international trade will counterbalance this. People are still needed. We predict that world trade will increase and therefore our conclusion is that seafarers need to adapt their skills, but they will still be in demand. These jobs will become more digitalised, and our education and training skills development will need to adapt accordingly,” said Kitada.

She said improved digital skills in the maritime industry could lead to the unlocking of new nautical routes and highways to replace and complement transport modes.

However, South Africa needed to invest in human capital and skills development to prepare for this reality.

“The developing world is lagging behind regarding technological advancement and innovations. Skills sets have to be ready to handle new technologies – despite the adoption rate projected to be slower for automation in the maritime sector, compared to other sectors,” said Kitada.

The skills that will be needed, according to Kitada, include data fluency, digital operation and basic software engineering, as well as research skills to work independently with big data through critical thinking, combined with analytical skills.

Kitada stressed that the informal economy should be included in future plans for the maritime industry in South Africa, and that local solutions should be designed by local experts to create employment through inclusive academia-government-industrial decision-making.

DAMEN Shipyards Director Sefale Montsi said South African skills training for the future should be focussed on training people “for life, not for a job”.

“In the world of skills development 4IR we should not be focussed on jobs, but on the whole person – to be flexible, to be focussed and adaptable to future trends. That way we can be effective as a country to create opportunities for South Africans – to not just be employed, but to innovate and to create new projects for industry,” said Montsi.

Other topics discussed during the second and final day of the conference included the South African Qualifications Framework – moving beyond the barriers to tertiary skills development and education by making courses more accessible and responsive to market needs, as well as finding a new employment mandate for maritime skills development.

The Forward Thinking Conference was hosted in partnership with AMSOL, the John Langalibalele Dube Institute, the eThekwini Maritime Cluster, eThekwini Municipality, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the Moses Kotane Institute.

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DANISH AID TO AFRICA: TUG OPERATIONS TRAINING IN GHANA

Danish tug simulator training of Ghanaian tugmasters. Photo: DMA ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Danish tug simulator training of Ghanaian tugmasters. Photo: DMA ©

A team of tugboat masters has completed a training programme in Denmark as part of strategic sector cooperation between Denmark and Ghana. Training here has provided the tugboat masters with new tools for them to carry out tugboat operations in the Port of Tema – one of the busiest ports in West Africa.

These tugboat masters have shared in kind their views and experiences from tug operations in their own territorial waters. This was reported by the Danish Maritime Administration (DMA) on 15 October.

Charlotte Ahrendt Steen, Deputy Director at the Danish Maritime Authority reflected: “The two weeks of training in Denmark is a great example of how the maritime sector cooperation improves the collaboration between Denmark and Ghana for mutual benefit.”

This training programme has been compiled by the Danish Maritime Authority in collaboration with Danpilot and the Port of Aarhus. Tugboat masters have, among other things, undergone an intensive tugboat course at Force Technology, completed a safety course at RelyonNutec in Esbjerg, and carried out tugboat missions in the Port of Aarhus.

Maritime sector cooperation with Ghana

Since 2016, Denmark and Ghana have been engaged in official maritime sector cooperation which will continue until 2021.

One of the primary purposes of the cooperation is to assist with capacity development in the maritime sector in Ghana, for the mutual benefit of Ghana and Denmark. This includes training of tugboat masters as part of the Port of Tema’s combined measures to handle larger container ships. The maritime sector cooperation is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Danida).

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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MARITIME COOPERATION WITH CHINA, THE WORLD’S LARGEST SHIP BUILDER

Danish aid in South Africa. In the words of Country Manager of Kamstrup South Africa, Petrus Van Heerden: "The Strategic Sector Cooperation project on water management in South Africa has given us a better understanding of the needs of the South African water sector. It is crucial to ensure that our solutions create value for our South African customers." Photo: Danida © , featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Danish aid in South Africa. In the words of Country Manager of Kamstrup South Africa, Petrus Van Heerden: “The Strategic Sector Cooperation project on water management in South Africa has given us a better understanding of the needs of the South African water sector. It is crucial to ensure that our solutions create value for our South African customers.” Photo: Danida © (see below in article)

Based on long lasting cooperation between Denmark and China in the maritime area, a Strategic Sector Cooperation project with two tracks was established in 2017.

The first concerns green shipbuilding. In this area, Danish experience on fuel-efficient design and construction are used.

The second track concerns maritime safety by exchange of experience on port state control, emissions, and fuels.

In the words of Jenny N Braat, CEO of Danish Maritime: “The maritime sector counsellor in China has helped strengthen…

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REGIONAL INTEGRATION KEY FOR AFRICAN PORTS

TNPA’s Acting GM: Corporate Affairs & External Relations, Jacqueline Brown, delivered the official welcome address on Day 1, featured with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
TNPA’s Acting GM: Corporate Affairs & External Relations, Jacqueline Brown, delivered the official welcome address on Day 1

The 2019 edition of the two-day African Ports & Rail Evolution conference and exhibition got underway in  on Tuesday, 15 October at the Durban ICC, with Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) as host port authority.

Now in its eight year, this high-profile event has become a business hub for Africa’s port and rail officials. TNPA’s Acting GM: Corporate Affairs & External Relations, Jacqueline Brown, delivered the official welcome address on Day 1, following opening remarks by Neville Matjie, CEO of Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal.

“Our ocean space should be as highly regarded in terms of its economic contribution to our economies in a similar vein as the mining and resources sector where gold, platinum, diamonds and other natural resources contribute significantly to our respective GDPs,” said Brown.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula delivered the key note address at the Africa Ports Evolution conferenbce and exhibition held in Durban and featured by Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

The keynote address by Transport Minister, Honourable Fikile Mbalula (pictured), emphasised the importance of international and regional integration.

“Despite its significance, the potential of the transport sector to contribute more towards full integration of the region is constrained by serious operational and infrastructure inefficiencies,” Mbalula said.

He said it was necessary to deal with operational delays, congestion and inefficiencies in the cross-border transport system and to move faster to establish a regional regulatory authority to enforce agreed harmonised standards. Mbalula said while challenges in the rail sector were being addressed, there was an urgent need to mobilise regional resources to modernise the country’s ports to improve turnaround times and address inefficiencies.

While there is a need to look at tariff regimes to ease doing business continent-wide, the Minister said the South African National Ports Regulator had made significant progress towards tariff redress.

Mbalula reiterated that South Africa is ready to host the World Maritime Day Parallel Event in Durban during the October Transport Month in 2020.

“We aim to showcase South Africa’s and the entire continent’s maritime capabilities and interests,” he said.

Other TNPA speakers at the African Ports & Rail Evolution event were Senior Manager: Property, Manqoba Mdunge, who facilitated a workshop on successfully maintaining port real estate, Acting Chief Procurement Officer, Shantell Mackay, who spoke on supply chain solutions, and Principal Engineer, Dr Kana Mutombo, who explored the possibility of a deep offshore port in South Africa.

TNPA women were also among the finalists in the Women in Transport Awards held during the event.

Marine Compliance Manager Londy Ngcobo, known widely as Africa’s first female dredge master, was a finalist in the Excellence in Leadership Award category. This was won by the City of Tshwane’s Sheila Senkubuge.

Port of Durban Deputy Harbour Master, Captain Pinky Zungu, was a finalist in the Best Skills Contributor category, eventually won by Durban University of Technology lecturer, Balungile Masuku.

African Marine Solutions (AMSOL) took top honours in the Best Women’s Skills Development Programme of the Year category, in which the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence was a finalist.

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LUXURY SUPERYACHT AQUIJO DOCKS AT PORT ELIZABETH

Superyacht AQUIJO whixch has been visiting Port Elizabethm and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Superyacht AQUIJO

First ever visit to the Friendly City

The docking of the superyacht Aquijo in the Port of Port Elizabeth marks the first ever visit of the luxury yacht to the Nelson Mandela Bay.

Aquijo is a first-class sailing vessel designed to cruise around the world. Owned by a European businessman, she…

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PORT OF WALVIS BAY HANDLES MARBLE EXPORTS

Blocks of white marble at Port of Walvis Bay, being exported to Italy, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Blocks of white marble at Port of Walvis Bay, for export to Italy

Around 274 blocks of marble, weighing about 4000 metric tonnes will be shipped from the Port of Walvis Bay to Marina di Carrara in Italy later in the month of October.

The consignment will be loaded onto the RAINBOW LUCKY, a general cargo vessel calling at the multipurpose terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay.

Local Namibian quarries namely Namagra – Karibib, Best Cheer – Karibib, and Stone Evolution – Arandis, contributed to this consignment. According to Heino Golz from ACT Logistics, based in Walvis Bay, about 16,000 metric tonnes is shipped per year from these clients.

Namport is aiming to provide a conducive environment to ensure that more exports takes place and in turn boost the local businesses as well as benefit the whole country at large.

The marble blocks are processed into tiles and similar bathroom and kitchen products.

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OVERBOARD!  NATO SEARCH FOR PERSON WHO WENT OVERBOARD FROM ITALIAN CRUISE SHIP COSTA PACIFICA

Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl. Illustration reproduced by kind permission of NATO ©, featrued in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl. Illustration reproduced by kind permission of NATO ©

NATO ships and aircraft assist

Standing NATO Maritime Forces assisted search and rescue for a person reported missing from an Italian cruise ship sailing off the coast of Spain. This was reported by NATO Maritime Command (MARCOM) HQ at Northwood, NW London on 11 October.

After a full day of search, the body of the missing person was retrieved around 09h00 on 11 October, in Gulf of Cadiz area by the Spanish authorities.

NATO naval forces received a Man Overboard Mayday call at 22h26 local time on 10 October. Originally participating in NATO exercise Dynamic Mariner/ Flotex-19 in the area, NATO ships re-routed to assist search and rescue operations.

NATO units included the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley, the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl, the Belgian Navy frigate Leopold I, and the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Van Speijk.

Additional units assisting in the search were the Spanish search and rescue tug Maria Zambrano, a French Maritime Patrol Aircraft, and a Spanish Search and Rescue helicopter.

NATO Maritime Command is currently conducting exercise Dynamic Mariner/Flotex-19 (DYMR/FL19) with Spain (SPMARFOR), who will be taking over the command of NATO Response Force maritime component in 2020. DYMR/FL19 involves ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 18 NATO nations operating off the coast of Spain.

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

Update: It was later reported that the passenger who fell from deck 8 of the Costa Pacifica in the evening hours of 10 October was a 75-year old woman. Crew members on the cruise ship were alerted by a witness who allegedly saw the woman “voluntarily jump from the balcony of their cabin.” – Additional reporting from CNN and WMN.

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TNPA BURSARY HOLDERS SHINE AT LAWHILL AWARDS

TNPA bursary holders Yolisa Adoon, right, and Cassidy Wittels, left, with Cape Town Port Manager Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana at the Lawhill Maritime Centre’s Annual Awards in October, Featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
TNPA bursary holders Yolisa Adoon, right, and Cassidy Wittels, left, with Cape Town Port Manager Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana at the Lawhill Maritime Centre’s Annual Awards in October

Port of Cape Town Port Manager Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) was the keynote speaker at the annual awards ceremony of Simon’s Town School’s Lawhill Maritime Centre on 10 October.

She encouraged the inspiring group of learners to carry their positive Lawhill values well into adulthood and to develop grit, which would enable them to fight through any undesirable circumstances to achieve long term goals.

“The unfortunate reality…

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WALVIS BAY HAS EIGHT CRUISE SHIP VISITS LINED UP

Southern African cruise season kicks off on Friday with visit of Albatros

Albatros. Picture: Ian Shiffman, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Albatros. Picture: Ian Shiffman

As the year 2019 draws to a close with the advancing months of summer, holiday makers across the southern hemisphere have commenced with their traveling plans to enjoy some much needed time off. Over the next three months, starting from Friday, 18 October 2019, the Namibian City of Walvis Bay will once again open its doors to tourists from all corners of the world.

On Friday, the German cruise ship MS Albatros will dock at the Port of Walvis Bay, remaining over until Saturday evening.

The vessel, which departed Germany on 27 September 2019, is the first passenger vessel to call at the Port of Walvis Bay (and the rest of southern Africa) since late April this year and opens up the pathway for six more passenger vessels; the Voyager, the Boudicca, the Bremen, the Katharine, the Queen Elizabeth, the AIDAMira, as well as the MS Albatros which will return to the shores of Namibia before end of 2019.

MS Albatros which has 8 passenger decks and a total of 420 cabins, is one of the smaller-sized World Cruise ships operating once a year on an “around the World” itinerary to ports in Asia, Africa and Australia.

The Namibian Port Authority (Namport) reports that it is excited, and surely geared up, to receive 17 passenger vessels in the first quarter of 2020.

The docking of passenger vessels are not only beneficial to Namport as the receiving entity, but also to the Town of Walvis Bay and more so to the Namibian economy as the successful hosting of international visitors is depended on the teamwork from all local stakeholders who receive the guests.

The local stakeholders range from the transport sector, tourist attraction facilities, handcraft vendors as well as local shopping malls within the town of Walvis Bay.

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EXPECT SHIPPING HIKES NEXT YEAR FROM IMO 2020

ship pollution, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

A new report published by Drewry Shipping Consultants estimates container shipping lines will face an US$11 billion fuel bill next year.

That’s on account of the switch to low sulphur marine fuel in order to…

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THE EARTH FROM SPACE: TANZANIA AND JAPAN

Title Lake Natron, Tanzania. Id 431660. Released 11/10/2019 10:00 am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA © Based on material kindly provided by ESA ©, featured in Afriva PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Title Lake Natron, Tanzania. Id 431660. Released 11/10/2019 10:00 am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©
Based on material kindly provided by ESA ©

 

Our illustration provided here by the European Space Agency relates to the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission part of which takes it over two saline lakes in East Africa: the larger Lake Natron in northern Tanzania and the smaller Lake Magadi, just over the border in Kenya.

Lake Natron is around 60 km long and is fed mainly by the Ewaso Ng’iro River. Despite its dark colour in this image, Lake Natron is often bright red owing to the presence of microorganisms that feed on the salts in the water.

These saline waters make the lake inhospitable for many plants and animals, yet the surrounding salt water marshes are a surprising habitat for flamingos. In fact, the lake is home to the highest concentrations of lesser and greater flamingos in East Africa, where they feed on spirulina – a green algae with red pigments.

The extinct Gelai volcano, standing at 2942 metres, is visible south east of the lake.

The pink-coloured waters of Lake Magadi can also be seen at the top of the image. The lake is over 30 km long and has a notably high salt content, and in some places the salt is up to 40 metres thick. The mineral trona can also be found in the lake’s waters. This mineral is collected and used for glass manufacture, fabric dyeing and paper production.

About the mission

Copernicus Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite mission to supply the coverage and data delivery needed for Europe’s Copernicus programme. The mission’s frequent revisits over the same area and high spatial resolution allow changes in inland water bodies to be closely monitored.

ESA’s Earth from Space programme

This image, which was captured on 3 February 2019, is also featured on the Earth from Space video programme, details of which can be found HERE

Typhoon Hagibis

itle Typhoon Hagibis. Id 431714. Released 10/10/2019 4:45 pm. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.ESA ©, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Typhoon Hagibis. Id 431714. Released 10/10/2019 4:45 pm. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.ESA ©

The European Space Agency (ESA) indicated late on 11 October that Typhoon Hagibis was approaching Japan, headed towards the main island of Honshu, where it was expected to make landfall over the weekend 12 / 13 October.

Japan was bracing itself for potential damage from strong winds and torrential rain. (Part of the World Rugby tournament and the Tokyo F1 Grand Prix were due to be rescheduled). This enormous typhoon, which is being compared to a Category 5 hurricane, can be seen in the accompanying image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission on 10 October at 01h00 GMT (10h00 Japan Standard Time). The eye of the storm has a diameter of approximately 60 km, it was reported.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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EXXONMOBIL AWARDS US$13 BILLION IN CONTRACTS FOR ROVUMA LNG

Exxon Mobil banner, featuring in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

ExxonMobil awarded a JGC Corp.-led group a contract to develop its Mozambique liquefied natural-gas project, which is set to be the biggest-ever private investment in Africa. The consortia taking the award, JFT, is made up of JGC, Fluor Corp. and TechnipFMC Plc, reports Petroleum Africa.

JFT will develop…

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PORT OF DOUALA: PSS BY CMA CGM & ARMED GUARDS FOR SHIPS AT ANCHORAGE

Port of Douala, featured in Afric PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Port of Douala

Peak Season Surcharges (PSS) have been added to cargo destined for the Cameroonian port of Douala.

PSS applies on cargo from all European and Mediterranean ports and applies to dry, cargo, reefer cargo, OOG and Breakbulk cargo.

This is effective from 1 November until further notice.

Armed Guards for Douala Anchorage

Port authorities at the Port of Douala have introduced armed guards to go on board vessels at anchor outside the port. This is a result of a number of attacks on ships at anchor in the Douala anchorage.

According to the port authority three armed guards will be provided on board each ship for the entire period the vessel is at anchor. They will only leave the ship once it has docked alongside the Doula berth.

This service is being provided free of charge and replaces an earlier system that allowed armed guards to be secured for ships waiting at anchor. However that system required the authorisation of the Ministry of Defence and the Presidency of the Republic, which was slow to arrange and seldom successful as a result.

Africa PORTS & SHIPS has reported on the various attacks by armed pirates on ships waiting in the anchorage, in which a number of crew have been abducted for ransoming.

In the most recent of attacks which we reported it required six weeks of negotiation before the 8 crewmembers of the Marconsult Schiffahrt’s general cargo vessel, MARMALAITA (IMO 9217151), were released by their captors.

This was the third reported attack on a ship outside Douala this year.

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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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GENERAL NEWS REPORTS – UPDATED THROUGH THE DAY

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EXPECTED SHIP ARRIVALS and SHIPS IN PORT


Port Louis – Indian Ocean gateway port

Ports & Ships publishes regularly updated SHIP MOVEMENT reports including ETAs for ports extending from West Africa to South Africa to East Africa and including Port Louis in Mauritius.

In the case of South Africa’s container ports of Durban, Ngqura, Ports Elizabeth and Cape Town links to container Stack Dates are also available.

You can access this information, including the list of ports covered, by going HERE remember to use your BACKSPACE to return to this page.

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CRUISE NEWS AND NAVAL ACTIVITIES


QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

We publish news about the cruise industry here in the general news section.

Naval News

Similarly you can read our regular Naval News reports and stories here in the general news section.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

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– Robert Brault

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