Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news 10 November 2019

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FRONT PAGE: SIMON’S TOWN VISTA

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Research ship Africana
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Simon’s Town panorama
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Research ship Sarah Baartman.  Pictures: David Erickson

In this grouping of pictures we show you scenes at the Simon’s Town Naval Base taken from Simon’s Town just recently. The uppermost picture is of the Research Vessel AFRICANA alongside the West Breakwater at Simon’s Town Naval Harbour on Thursday 24 October 2019, following her drydock overhaul and repainting. Looking in pretty good shape for a 37 year old ship. She departed Simon’s Town at 08h00 the following day.

The second picture is a panorama to show the weekly Wednesday evening yacht event of 30 October 2019, with the Environmental Protection Vessel Sarah Baartman alongside the West Breakwater – looking a bit weatherbeaten and awaiting her turn in the drydock.

Also in the photo is the 117 year old Mooring Lighter at extreme left, which played a key role in salvaging the decommissioned Naval Tug De Mist in 2018; the De Mist can be glimpsed in the right foreground, alongside the decommissioned submarine S99 SAS Assegai, on the synchrolift. Alongside at the Bullnose is the Valour-Class Frigate SAS Spioenkop F147, and to the right, outside the Naval Harbour, is the Hydrographic Survey Vessel SAS Protea, A324.

The lower picture is another view of the Sarah Baartman…… but having captured a shot of her at 06h04 in the early morning sun, the photographer thought it worth sharing with our readers!

In this picture there appears to be a small fishing vessel on the seaward side of the West Breakwater, making the most of the leeward shelter from Sarah Baartman – it was a bit breezy in Simon’s Town that morning.

These pictures are by David Erickson

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PORT OF DURBAN WELCOMES FIRST VESSEL ON NEW MIAX SERVICE

The container vessel, MV NEW JERSEY TRADER, was the first vessel to arrive at the Port of Durban on the new MIAX (Middle East-India-Africa Express) service recently introduced by Hapag-Lloyd and its alliance partner, Ocean Network Express (ONE), featured with Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The container vessel, MV NEW JERSEY TRADER, was the first vessel to arrive at the Port of Durban on the new MIAX (Middle East-India-Africa Express) service recently introduced by Hapag-Lloyd and its alliance partner, Ocean Network Express (ONE)

This week Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Transnet Ports Terminals (TPT), through the Port of Durban, welcomed the first vessel to arrive at the port on the new MIAX (Middle East-India-Africa Express) service recently introduced by Hapag-Lloyd and its alliance partner, Ocean Network Express (ONE)*.

* See our report of this service of 29 September 2019 HERE

The container vessel, MV NEW JERSEY TRADER, was welcomed into port on 5 November with a ceremonial tug spray and plaque exchange. The vessel was built in 2011 and…

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WSU HOSTS R40 MILLION MARINE POLLUTION RESCUE FACILITY

Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape are the hosts of the National Pollution Laboratory, a venture that should see a significant reduction in marine pollution and unemployment in the province, according to Acting Project Manager Pollution Lab, Dr Motebang Vincent Nakin.

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The research team at WSU

Dr Nakin revealed that the lab monitors pollution in South Africa’s oceans by collecting sediment and biota samples along the country’s coastline coastal waters.

Biota is the animal and plant life of a particular region, habitat or geological period and sediment being the matter that settles down to the bottom of a liquid.

“South Africa is surrounded by four coastal provinces so the lab will be hosted here at WSU with satellite labs in the other three coastal provinces”, he said.

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One of the purposes of this project is to reduce unemployment by unlocking opportunities in the ocean economy which will benefit unemployed youth in the different sites selected for this project.

“Since one of the objectives of Operation Phakisa is job creation, we are working hard to employ unemployed youth in the country such that already we have 25 staff members and 18 of them are community workers. The lab is working on six sites in the province and each site has six employees,” said Nakin.

 

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The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) who funded the project and WSU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for WSU to host the National Pollution Laboratory as part of Operation Phakisa Projects.

“Walter Sisulu University in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs, will champion water pollution research through a partnership aimed at collecting and analysing water quality, sediment and biota samples along the country’s coastline,” said WSU spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo.

The establishment of the lab was assisted by Beryl Laboratories to create a laboratory of high standards.

David Adam, Beryl Lab, said, “When we set-up the lab it was during the December period, close to Christmas time and for it to be up and ready by January. There were some materials that we had to bring from abroad and they were held up by customs, but it was all for a greater good at the end of the day.”

Note: Scale shown on the KZN map is incorrect

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WALVIS BAY VOLUME BOOST ANNOUNCED ON AWARD NIGHT

Containers at the Port of Walvis Bay in Namibia recently moved to a new and much larger container terminal built on an old sandbank lying opposite the port, and as if to justify the move Namport has announced a record increase in container volumes handled in the month of September 2019.

The Walvis Bay Port Users Association handed over a certificate of appreciation to Namport- certificate handed over by Chairman of the Walvis Bay Port Users Association, Mr Willie Prosser to Namport’s Acting CEO, Mr Kavin Harry, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Walvis Bay Port Users Association handed over a certificate of appreciation to Namport- certificate handed over by Chairman of the Walvis Bay Port Users Association, Mr Willie Prosser to Namport’s Acting CEO, Mr Kavin Harry

The port has recorded an impressive increase of 19% for containers (TEUs) shipped during that month and an even more impressive 33% increase of TEUs imported.

Revealing this was Mr Kavin Harry, Namport’s Acting Chief Executive Officer who was speaking during the Annual Port Users function held in honour of Namport’s clientelé last week Friday.

The function was attended by more than 100 stakeholders from the maritime sector, given with the intention of appreciating all those who have made use of the Port’s facilities during the current year.

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Namport honours top performing clients with certificates and trophies

During the function, awards were conferred on various entities in different categories such as the Top 5 Revenue-based Clients, Top 3 Volume-based Clients and Top 3 SME’s for 2019 at the Port of Walvis Bay.

In no particular order, the top 5 Revenue-based clients at the Port of Walvis Bay for 2019 are:

* Maersk Namibia (Pty) Ltd
* Woker Freight Services (Pty) Ltd
* Trade Ocean Shipping Namibia
* Logistics Support Services (Pty) Ltd
* Sturrock Grindrod Maritime (Namibia)

The Port of Walvis Bay’s Top 3 Volume-based clients for 2019 are:

* Walvis Bay Salt Refiners (Pty) Ltd
* Engen (Pty) Ltd
* Puma Energy Namibia (Pty) Ltd

The Top 3 SMEs at the Port of Walvis Bay for 2019:

* Cross Border Vehicle Traders
* Faida Trading & Clearing
* Zephyr Investments

Mr Harry said that 2019 has been a year of tremendous growth for the Port as “we witnessed the official inauguration of the new container terminal. This great investment requires us as an entity, with your cooperation, to promote our port to overseas potential investors in order to ensure that Namibia, through the port, becomes the Port of Choice.”

As an entity, Namport is focused on efficiency, not only through service delivery, but also with its systems and equipment and is in the process of developing a green port policy as the first step towards positioning the Port of Walvis Bay as a flagship port providing sound stewardship and management of the environment.

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PORT OF MOMBASA CRUISE TERMINAL TO BE COMMISSIONED IN DECEMBER

Drawing of Mombasa's new cruise terminal, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Drawing of Mombasa’s new cruise terminal

The Port of Mombasa will have a new cruise terminal from December this year. The new facility to cater for visiting cruise ships is being built at a cost of KSh350 million (US$3.4 million) in time for the peak of the summer cruise season in East Africa.

According to reports the terminal will create 300 jobs directly, creating a boost for local industries including the transport sector, hotels, food providers and curio sellers.

Funding the the project came via KSh250 million from the Kenya Ports Authority and a further KSh100 million from Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA).

More than 95 per cent of the terminal is complete and the developers are confident of having the terminal available by December.

The terminal will include duty-free shops, restaurants, a conference facility and offices.

The first cruise ship, the German vessel ALBATROS has already called at Mombasa bringing 45 passengers to the city in addition to 346 crew members. The ship arrived from Zanzibar and prior to that from Mozambique (including a call at Mozambique Island) and South Africa.

Passengers on board the Albatros were able to tour the city and its attractions, Maasai Mara, Tsavo National Park and Shimba hills.

The new terminal is expected to play a key role in ensuring that more cruise ships call at Mombasa in the future. Kenya and the port suffered during the period in which Somali pirates were active across the region, with a number of scheduled calls being cancelled at the last minute and Mombasa being taken off the map as far as a number of cruise operators were concerned.

With piracy in the north western Indian Ocean no longer a serious threat ad with the brand new cruise terminal, tourism bodies in the East African country will be looking for a return to happier and busier times.

According to KPA Managing Director Daniel Manduku, completion of the terminal will provide a boost for tourism in the country.

“The KPA has prioritised cruise ships calling at the port of Mombasa due to the high impact created in the coast region by the arrival of such ships through the facility. The KPA has committed its resources to modernise cruise terminal to meet the international standards,” he said.

Manduku said the KPA, Kenya Tourism Board and Ministry of Tourism will be undertaking extensive marketing abroad to raise the terminal’s appeal as an entry point for tourists to the region and Kenya.

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TRANSNET INTRODUCES 100 ENGINEERS & TECHNICIANS TO ITS RAIL NETWORK

On Wednesday this week Transnet welcomed more than 100 engineers and technicians graduates into its rail network operations.

Class 19E locomotiove and train. Picture: Andre Kritzinger, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS
Picture: Andre Kritzinger

The graduates are part of an Engineering Development Programme (EDP), an annual graduate intake programme by Transnet’s rail division, Transnet Freight Rail, (TFR).

The programme seeks to advance youth development by committing to skills development and training. EDP is also responding to government’s call for the…

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NEW LAMU PORT TO RECEIVE FIRST SHIP VISIT NEXT MONTH

A Maersk container ship is due to become the first vessel to make use of the first available berth at the Kenyan port of Lamu, in the north-east of Kenya.

Old port at Lamu. Picture: Kimmy Kamude/IRIN, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Old port at Lamu. Picture: Kimmy Kamude/IRIN

Lamu was previously a small and picturesque harbour close to the Somali border.  Now a new and significantly bigger port is under development by the Kenya Ports Authority, with construction work being undertaken by the China Communication Construction Company.

The first container berth at Lamu, one of three to be in service by the end of 2020, will host its first ship from the Maersk Line which will introduce the port to international shipping.

The port will operate in its initial stages mainly as a transshipment port handling cargo destined for East African ports such as Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Beira and Maputo.

The new port is part of the LAPPSET Corridor project, East Africa’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure project connecting Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan, with inter-regional roads, standard gauge railways and pipelines linking all three countries.

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The new Lamu port under construction

A total of 32 berths is planned for the Lamu port itself, which will turn the port into one of if not East Africa’s biggest ports. While the Kenya government is funding the first three berths, the other 29 will be developed on a public-private partnership model.

According to Daniel Manduku, managing director of Kenya Ports Authority, the third berth will be modified to handle crude oil exports from Kenya’s northwest region, which has already begun oil production with the first export parcel having gone through the port of Mombasa.

South Africa’s Transnet is reportedly one of the port operators under consideration for operating the future port of Lamu.

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KHOMOTSO PHIHLELA RETURNS AS TNPA ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Khomotso Phihlela has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

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Khomotso Phihlela

Phihlela was formerly the chief executive of TNPA between 2005 and 2011. This was after commencing his career with the port authority in 2003.

In 2011 he was transferred to Transnet Group Commercial and was subsequently appointed in the Research and Development function in Transnet Engineering.

Khomotso Phihlela holds a BSc Engineering Mechanical Degree, Master of Business Administration, and a Diploma in Packaging and Project Management.

He also completed an Executive Development Program and an Advanced Management Program. He will now guide the organisation as it engages with its stakeholders to find solutions to the challenges currently facing the South African ports.

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UPGRADE AND DREDGING FOR TANZANIAN PORT OF TANGA

A project to considerably upgrade and improve the Tanzanian port of Tanga is going ahead, with plans that include the dredging of the entrance channel and alongside the single berth.

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Tanga is one of Tanzania’s lesser or minor ports but nevertheless plays an important regional role in the East African country. It is in recognition of this that the Tanzania Port Authority (TPA) has commenced the rejuvenation of the historic port.

Currently the berth on the quay has a depth alongside of just 5 metres; this is to be dredged to -12 metres and together with dredging of the entrance channel this will enable much larger ships to enter the port.

As a longer term plan TPA intends for Tanga to have a passenger terminal and a single point mooring (SPM) to cater for oil products.

The upgrade project has been awarded to China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) at a cost of 170 billion Tanzania shillings (US$73.593 million). The contract is expected to…

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TRANSAID’S INNOVATION FUND

In October, two weeks before the 2019 Annual Showcase attended by HRH The Princess Royal, Transaid announced that its Innovation Fund had financed a pilot project implemented by Makerere University School of Public Health to strengthen emergency medical services in post-crash care along selected roads servicing oil-rich districts in Uganda (see illustration here).

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In-cab passenger view of a typical Ugandan road scene

Here Makerere University School had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Health Organisation, aimed at promoting safe, effective and affordable research in public health and training. The WHO initiated the development of sustainable and cost-effective integrated emergency care systems on the continent as a way of dealing with the road crash injuries.

Objective of the project was to assess the capacity of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and pre-hospital care in these areas which have a high volume of heavy goods traffic, and to improve the capacity of emergency post-crash responders.

Speaking of the project, Transaid’s CEO Caroline Barber said: “Uganda faces a severe road traffic injury epidemic, with one of the highest road traffic fatality rates at a projected 29 deaths per 100,000 population. Many of these lives are lost before getting to the hospital in a context where Emergency Medical Services are practically non-existent and responders lack the appropriate knowledge and skills to provide basic first aid care to the injured victims. Makerere University School of Public Health approached us directly for help, and after a full assessment by our team, we agreed to cover the small cost of this initiative through our Innovation Fund.”

Training in emergency first aid

The post-crash care project delivered a three-day Emergency First Aid Responder (EFAR) training course to 34 police officers who regularly respond to traffic crashes, and who are often called upon to provide in-situ life-saving care. This course included training in emergency first aid, safety considerations, patient assessment, and the means with which to deal with trauma, shock, difficulty in breathing and mass casualties.

In addition, a four-day Basic Emergency Care (BEC) course developed by the World Health Organisation was delivered to 25 health workers who manage acute life-threatening conditions with limited resources.

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Police officers training for a mass casualty scenario

Marked improvement in results

Post-training assessments showed a 39% improvement in knowledge, with course participants all achieving a 75% pass mark. The study team received full support from the Ministry of Health, and health facilities who provided health workers to conduct the training and participate in the project.

Within the study, baseline assessments found that pre-hospital care for injured victims was predominantly administered by untrained police personnel and lay responders who arrive first at a traffic crash scene. With no organised ambulance service delivering patients from crash scenes to hospitals, police patrol vehicles and boda bodas (motorcycle taxis) were found to be the main means of transport for injured victims to health facilities.

Furthermore, the project found that with proper training in the principles of field triage and emergency stabilisation, easy-to-use scene care check lists and triage tools, and a basic kit of essential equipment and supplies, personnel in charge of traffic scene management should be able to provide crash scene control and the appropriate pre-hospital care to the injured.

Challenges remain

However, notable challenges remain when responding to road traffic crashes including a limited availability of first aid materials to enable police to carry out their roles as first responders, a lack of transport of police personnel to the crash scene and delayed communications of traffic crash events.

Barber concluded: “The funding we were able to provide has helped Makerere University to bridge the knowledge and skills gap among first responders. It’s an important first step which will help to save lives; and it reinforces the importance of increasing education and awareness around road safety.”

This pilot complements Transaid’s Professional Driver Training – Uganda project, which since 2017 has worked to build the capacity and knowledge of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and passenger service vehicle (PSV) drivers; and ultimately enhance their employability whilst reducing the number of road traffic fatalities through safer driver behaviour.

Reported by Paul Ridgway
London

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FORD TO ESTABLISH AUTOMOTIVE HUB AT GAUTENG SEZ

SA’s President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is encouraged by the decision of the Ford Motor Company to work with government to establish the first Tshwane Automotive Hub at the Special Economic Zone.

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The automotive hub, which is part of the expansion of the OR Tambo Special Economic Zone (SEZ), will be developed through a joint partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry, Gauteng Provincial Government and the City of Tshwane.

“This is immensely encouraging, and comes at a time when business, government, labour and civil society must…

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ESPS VICTORIA REJOINS EUNAVFOR’S OPERATION ATALANTA

EU NAVFOR Operation ATALANTA yesterday (5 November) welcomed the Spanish frigate ESPS VICTORIA F82 to the counter-piracy operation. ESPS Victoria will be replacing the ESPS CANARIAS.

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ESPS Victoria F82

The latter ship has sailed with Operation ATALANTA for the past four months, and has sailed with Operation ATALANTA on numerous occasions in the past. Spain has contributed their naval assets, air assets and personnel to Operation ATALANTA since the beginning of the operation in 2008.

ESPS Victoria belongs to the 41st escort squadron…

P3 Orion chalks up new milestone

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P-3 Orion aircraft of the Spanish Air Force

Another Spanish asset with EUNAVFOR is the Spanish Air Force P-3M Orion reconnaissance aircraft that has reached a new milestone for both Operation ATALANTA and the Spanish Armed Forces: 12,000 flight hours in the fight against piracy.

Spanish participation in Operation ATALANTA dates back to 2008. Under current…

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AFRICAN COUNTRIES RECOMMIT TO WORKING TOGETHER AGAINST OIL SPILLS

Oil spills in the world’s oceans remain a dreaded possibility at all times whether through human handling or natural disasters, and preparedness for such eventuality by both industry and governments in concert are the key prerequisites for successful prevention or effective, and efficient management of such spills when they occur.

It was for that reason that, according to Mr Brian Sullivan, executive director of IPIECA (International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association), regional collaboration, cooperation and teamwork between and among countries with coastal access was absolutely critical to oil spills combating anywhere at seas across the world.

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This, he told about 100 delegates from 22 African countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean on the last day of their four day conference in Cape Town on Thursday, under the aegis of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) led Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern African (GI-WACAF) Project.

Mr Sullivan’s organisation, IPIECA, established in 1974 with the encouragement of the United Nations Environmental Program, and now with about 65 member companies and organisations, describes itself as ‘the global oil and gas industry association for advancing environmental and social performance..and convenes a significant portion of the oil and gas industry across the value chain, bringing together the expertise of oil and gas companies and associations to develop, share and promote good practice and knowledge.’

IPIECA further describes itself as the oil and gas industry’s ‘principal channel of engagement with the United Nations,’ a position it says enables its members to ‘support the energy transition and contribute to sustainable development.’

GI-WACAF on the other hand, launched in 2006, is a regional organisation of 22 African countries on the south, central and north Atlantic Ocean east coast, and was established to promote and encourage close collaboration between governments and industry to enhance oil spills preparedness, response and cooperation.

The GI-WACAF member countries, among them South Africa, comprise countries among which are signatories to no less than three conventions, such as the Abuja and Benguela Current Conventions – and all of which collaboration and cooperation instruments aspire to similar goals as the GI-WACAF.

Delegates to the 8th GI-WACAF Conference of 22 African countries in Cape Town from Monday to Thursday last week being taken through a demonstration of an oil spill containment and management.

For all of last week, bar Friday, delegates from the 22 African countries spent considerable time, both in conference at a hotel in Newlands as well as at an oil spill management demonstration site at a lagoon near Cape Town, deliberating over a variety of issues all aimed at strengthening their national systems for preparedness and response in case of an oil spill anywhere in their region.

The intended outcome, according to the IMO and IPIECA, both which directed proceedings of the gathering, would be a further two year agreement on an action plan of defined activities in the period.

Split in two groups by language – French and English speaking country groups – during working groups sessions, such a list of actions proposed to form the two year agreement emerged on Thursday, and will be consolidated and shared among represented countries by the GI-WACAF secretariat in due course.

The issues ranged from legislation, cross boundary co-operation to shoreline waste management and quite a few others.

In closing remarks (see video below), Mr Sullivan applauded the participating countries’ demonstrated commitment to the GI-WACAF Project, describing it as encouraging that governments and industry in the region, showed willingness and determination to work closely together in preserving the oceans environment integrity through prevention and combating of oil pollution.

He further noted that the compulsory implementation of lower sulphur oil for ships fuel in January 2020 by the IMO would present its own challenges to shipping and oil industries in general, but expressed confidence that through the established and sustained healthy cooperation and collaboration between industry and governments, the challenges would be overcome.

Both IPIECA and the IMO, the latter through its deputy director, Ms Patricia Charlebois, also expressed gratitude to South Africa, precisely the Department of Transport and its agency, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) for assistance with the conference. source: SAMSA

For the presentation by Capt Ravi Naicker during the conference, click on the video below [16:52]

For Mr Brian Sullivan’s presentation (executive director of IPIECA), click on the second video [8:43]

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ILLEGAL LOGGING OPERATION UNCOVERED IN MOZAMBIQUE

In October a successful security operation led to the arrest of several suspects involved in a large illegal logging operation in Mozambique’s Coutada 4, a hunting concession that lies on the northern border of Zinave National Park.

Aerial reconaissance revealed this illegal logging operation involing a fleet of vehicles and equipment. Pictures: Peace Parks Foundation, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Aerial reconaissance revealed this illegal logging operation involving a fleet of vehicles and equipment. Pictures: Peace Parks Foundation

After hearing what sounded like chainsaw operations in an area where logging is strictly prohibited and having suspicions confirmed by aerial reconnaissance information, Zinave’s security team contacted Mozambique’s National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC) to secure Ministerial approval for an intervention.

A large joint anti-logging operation was subsequently set in motion. The operation was…

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TANZANIAN SGR DEADLINE DELAYED BY RAINS

The Tanzanian SGR line closely follows the route of the existing metre-gauge railway shown here on the map, from Dar es Salaam through Dodoma to Tabora and to Mwanza. A later extension to Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika can be expected, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
The Tanzanian SGR line closely follows the route of the existing metre-gauge railway shown here on the map, from Dar es Salaam through Dodoma to Tabora and to Mwanza. A later extension to Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika can be expected.

Hopes of completing Phase 1 of Tanzania’s standard gauge railway (SGR) on time appear likely to be dashed after ongoing rains slowed the laying of tracks and other works on phase 1 of the SGR project, the line between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro.

The section between the two centres measures 300 kilometres in length and marks the first phase of this US$1.9 billion railway project that will rival and compete with Kenya’s SGR to the north.

Both competing SGR’s have targeted their…

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STEERING SOUTH AFRICA’S MARINE POLLUTION INCIDENT MANAGEMENT PREPAREDNESS

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IMOrg AT THE HELM

“It takes many people doing lots of different things to ensure that the environment is protected following a marine pollution incident,” reads a statement issued by IMOrg*. “The challenge is to involve the right people at the right time with the best-suited skills and accountabilities – and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities for managing the response to oil or any other marine pollution incident.”

By adopting international best practice in incident management, South Africa is proactively preparing to manage marine pollution incidents effectively, ensuring that the appropriate resources and stakeholders are mobilised quickly – and important and timeous decisions made.

The South African Interim Incident Management Organisation (IMOrg*), under the Department of Transport, plays a critical role in co-ordinating preparedness and response, utilising the internationally recognised Incident Management System (IMS) which was introduced in 2015.

Participants at the Stakeholder Information sharing Session on the NOSCP on 17 May 2017, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Participants at the Stakeholder Information sharing Session on the NOSCP on 17 May 2017

Interim IMOrg Chairperson Mr Chueu Terrence Mabuela from the Department of Transport explains:

“In identifying the potential impact of offshore oil and gas production, the critical issue of oil spills and their impact on the marine environment was raised. In the context of preliminary discussions which initially took place in 2014 during the Operation Phakisa ‘Oceans Economy’ collaboration sessions, it was clear that there was a need for a joint-government/industry response approach to marine pollution incidents in the maritime and oil & gas sectors.”

Over the past few years since the Interim IMOrg was constituted, clear advantages and synergies have been achieved in establishing a holistic approach towards managing oil spills in the marine environment. And preparedness is key.

As part of this focus, the Third Joint Industry Government National Oil Spill Response Exercise will take place in Cape Town in November 2019, following a formal IMS National Training Course, endorsed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

“South Africa is fortunate to be part of the ‘Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa’ (GI WCAF), a project that sees the IMO collaborating with IPIECA – a global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues – to enhance the capacity of partner countries to prepare for and respond to marine oil spills,” notes Interim IMOrg CoChairperson Captain Ravi Naicker, the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s Senior Manager for Navigation, Security & Environment, whose commitment to sustainability is reflected in the drive to ensure the successful implementation of the IMS involving multiple stakeholders.

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OSRL stockpile of dispersants OSRL oil skimmer

Informed by the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP), all relevant national government departments and authorities, local and municipal responders, pollution prevention, containment and clean-up organisations, as well as vessel and offshore installation operators need to be aware of their responsibilities in the case of an incident.

Regular Oil Spill Response Exercises – initiated and managed by the Interim IMOrg utilising the IMS – bring together accountable designated representatives from the South African Department of Transport (DOT), Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries (DEFF), South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), Petroleum Agency South Africa (PASA), PetroSA, Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), Offshore Petroleum Association of South Africa (OPASA), Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF), South African Police Service (SAPS), National, Provincial and Local Disaster Management Centres, various environmental Conservation Agencies, as well as Non-Profit organisations such as the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), Industry role players in emergency response, oil spill response and marine operators, amongst others.

Each exercise scenario is carefully created to ensure that response systems and processes are tested and accountable stakeholders are involved. Previous exercises have entailed oil spill scenarios focussing on Table Bay in March 2018, Algoa Bay (November 2018) and with the upcoming November 2019 exercise focussed on the area off Mossel Bay.

The Interim IMOrg, under the DOT, was constituted on 25 October 2017 following preparatory work done by the B1 Working Group under the Operation Phakisa ‘Oceans Economy’ initiative, initiated to fast track the implementation of the National Development Plan.

Establishing the internationally recognised IMS in South Africa as the primary marine pollution response co-ordination process is a key output for the IMOrg, in addition to providing advice, recommendations and support to the DOT and SAMSA as well as the appointed Incident Commander.

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TRANSAID MAKES A DIFFERENCE WITH AFRICAN ROAD SAFETY
2019 Annual Showcase

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On 24 October Transaid held its 2019 Annual Showcase, attended by HRH The Princess Royal, the charity’s patron. During the event Her Royal Highness commended the road transport and logistics industry for making an enormous difference to HGV and PSV driver training standards in Sub-Saharan Africa – with more than 9,600 drivers trained over the past 12 months, it is reported.

This event took place at international law firm Ashurst LLP* in London where 150 supporters, partners and development organisations were welcomed for an update on Transaid’s projects, including a presentation from Lloyd Mbasela, the Executive Director of the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) in Zambia. Transaid has been partnered with the ITC for over a decade to deliver driver training in the country and beyond.

Sub-Saharan African view

Guests were reminded that the number of people dying on the roads each year in Sub-Saharan Africa is third only to deaths from HIV/AIDS and malaria. However, thanks to the support given to Transaid by the transport and logistics industry, the London-based charity has been able to start tackling this issue.

The showcase was also an opportunity to update supporters on the charity’s work on motorcycle and three-wheeler safety – modes of transport which have become a key part of life in many rural areas across Africa.

DRC

Current projects include an initiative to review legislation and rider training practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – an enormous country highly dependent on motorcycles – as other means of transport often aren’t suitable due to poor road conditions.

Transaid Project Manager Kim van der Weijde told guests about her personal experience working on the project, saying motorcycles were so essential for accessing healthcare in the DRC that she had heard stories of women giving birth on the back of a motorcycle on their way to a health facility.

Transaid CEO Caroline Barber also spoke at the event, saying: “The results we’re achieving from our professional driver training are impressive. It’s not just about prevention, it’s about developing sustainable models that impact the people on the ground and help to increase economic capacity in the countries where we’re working.”

Thanking the industry for its ongoing support, Barber added: “Quite simply, we couldn’t do the work we do today without the people in this room, so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support. Together, we have made strong progress to ensure we are bringing about positive change through the provision of safe, available and sustainable transport.”

Generous donation

Concluding the event, The Princess Royal expressed her gratitude to the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) for raising £75,000 for Transaid to mark its own 75th anniversary (see illustration above). Representing the largest single donation to Transaid for more than a decade, the funds will be used to help take the life-saving MAMaZ Against Malaria initiative to the next level.

Transaid trustee Robert Goundry was also presented with a commemorative gift to mark his long service as a trustee. He will retire after a final meeting in January 2020, it is understood.

* Ashurst’s involvement with Africa dates back more than 110 years when, in 1907, one of the firm’s founding fathers, Sir Frank Crisp, drew up the agreements relating to the cutting of one of the largest diamonds in the world, the Cullinan.

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

Transaid patron HRH The Princess Royal praises the transport and logistics industry for its support to Transaid over the past year, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Transaid patron HRH The Princess Royal praises the transport and logistics industry for its support to Transaid over the past year

 

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TRADE TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT IMPORT EXPO

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Trade and global economic governance will be topics of discussion at the China International Import Expo (CIIE), which gets underway today (Tuesday, 5 November). Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina is leading a South African business delegation to the expo that takes place in the Chinese city of Shanghai.

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SECOND PIRATES ATTACK OFF WEST AFRICAN COAST IN DAYS

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Two days after the attack on the Ugland bulker BONITA outside the port of Cotonou in Benin, a second ship* has been attacked with crew kidnapped.

*The tanker has now been identifed as the 94,143-dwt 2003-built ELKA ARISTOTLE  (IMO 9249099), flying the Greek flag.

The more recent attack took place off the coast of Togo on Monday early morning….

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ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK LEAVES 10 DEAD IN NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE

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Village house burned after terrorists had staged attack

Jihadist terrorists staged yet another deadly ambush in northern Mozambique on Thursday, 31 October, leaving 10 people dead in their wake.

The latest atrocity took place near the village of Mbau in Cabo Delgado province, in an area where large scale gas exploitation is beginning to take place.

Terrorists lay in hiding next to a dirt road along which a vehicle with local people on board approached. As the vehicle drew opposite the hidden terrorists, it became bogged down in the loose sand, and before anyone could disembark firing broke out from the bushes.

It is not clear how many people were in the vehicle, but one survivor, a young…

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PIRATES ATTACK NORWEGIAN SHIP BONITA OFF BENIN, ABDUCT NINE SEAFARERS

Bulk carrier Bonita, attacked by pirates on Saturday. Picture: Ugland Marine Services, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Bulk carrier Bonita, attacked by pirates on Saturday. Picture: Ugland Marine Services

West African pirates, thought to have come from Nigeria, have attacked a ship owned and managed by Norwegian shipowner and operator Ugland Marine Services of Grimstad, Norway. When departing from the bulker they kidnapped nine seafarers, presumably for ransoming.

The 58,105-dwt bulk carrier, named BONITA (IMO 9494060), was at anchor off the coast of Benin in one of the most dangerous stretches of coast owing to pirate activity.

At anchor just 9 nautical miles from the port city of Cotonou the crew must have thought themselves as in a secure area as they awaited the chance to enter port but that was when the pirates approached the ship and came aboard.

The usual operandi, providing the crew are alert and aware that they are being boarded, is for the crew to retire immediately to the ship’s citadel, a secure area to which the pirates will struggle to gain access.

This the crew was apparently unable to do and it seems they were taken by surprise. During their time on board ship the pirates would usually ransack the vessel’s accommodation and bridge areas, searching for valuables that can be carried away but the main target would be to seize hostages who can then be ransomed to the ship owners.

This is what has transpired with Bonita, with eight of the crew and the ship’s captain being taken away by the pirates.

The identities of the abducted crew has not been released by the owners who state that the relevant families of the crew have all been advised of the situation.

“The Ugland Emergency Response Team are handling this situation as per contingency plans, and they are in contact with relevant authorities. The families of the crew members have been contacted and will be kept informed by Ugland,” the company said.

The pirate attack took place on Saturday morning, 2 November. Following the departure of the pirates the remaining crew notified the respective authorities and were able to berth the ship with its cargo of gypsum in Cotonou harbour.

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NEW BERTH & TERMINAL AT TANZANIAN PORT OF MTWARA PASSES HALFWAY MARK

COMPLETION DAY SET FOR MARCH 2020

Old (existing) port of Mtwara, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Old (existing) port of Mtwara

Completion of a new berth and adjacent cargo terminal yard at the Tanzanian port of Mtwara, to the south of Dar es Salaam and close to the Mozambique border, appears set for completion in March 2020.

This was confirmed during a visit to the port by journalists who were shown over the complex.

According to the port manager, Eng Juma Kijavara, the construction part of the project has reached the 55% stage. He said the new berth will have a length of 300 metres with a depth alongside of -13.5 metres and would be able to accommodate ships of up to 65,000 dwt.

Currently the maximum size that the port can…

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NIGERIA: UNREGISTERED FREIGHT FORWARDERS FACE THE CHOP

With effect December 2019, now less than a month away, all unregistered freight forwarders in Nigeria will find themselves unable to renew their licenses as these become due.

Addressing an industry workshop in Lagos, Transportation Minister, Rotimi Ameachi, signalled his support for the move introduced by…

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HAPAG-LlOYD INTRODUCES IMO 2020 FUEL TRANSITION SURCHARGES

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Hapag-Lloyd’s Abidjan Express

German container operator and shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has announced plans introduce fuel surcharges as a measure of mitigating what it calls fuel price volatility and transitional operational expenses.

The maritime industry is facing great changes, entailing a radical transformation: to remain fully compliant with latest IMO requirements, vessels may only use marine fuel (LSFO) with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5 percent, as opposed to the current capping of 3.5 percent, reads the announcement.

“The well communicated IMO 2020 regulation is so far the largest in a series of International Maritime Organization (IMO) measures to reduce marine pollution. Using low sulphur fuel oil will be the key as most environmentally friendly short term solution for the shipping industry to remain compliant. As Hapag-Lloyd, we fully subscribe to these goals.

“Our already well known and industry-wide well accepted Marine Fuel Recovery (MFR) mechanism, introduced on 1 February 2019 will consider taking on compliant fuel starting with the 1st quarter 2020, with a focus on cargoes contracted for long- and medium-term periods.

“For adequate coverage of all FAK cargo, Spot- and ‘Quick Quotes’ business, a supplementary element needs to be applied in addition to the MFR, in order to recover the fuel spread between HSFO 3.5% and LSFO 0.5% as well as operational transition costs that are not part of the MFR calculation.

“Therefore, and applicable to this particular cargo segment only, we will introduce an IMO 2020 Transition Charge (ITC) as of 1 December 2019 , valid until further notice, with details per trade as outlined in the table.”

The applicable table as it affects Africa trade routes see below. Table covering all regions and other details are: AVAILABLE HERE

Africa region only – quoted in US dollars $
180 Asia- Africa
125 Europe- Africa
160 Intra Africa
105 Latin America- Africa
180 North America- Africa

Hapag-Lloyd says that mid- and long-term business will not be affected by the ITC and is charged with the MFR only.

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OIL & GAS EXPLORATION OFF KZN COAST BLOCKED FOR NOW

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Oil rig photographed off the KZN coast

Exploration off the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) coast by Italian oil major ENI and local conglomerate Sasol will not move forward now, according to a statement by Wildoceanssa and reported on by Petroleum Africa.

In September this year the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) granted…

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NIMASA D-G DAKUKU PETERSIDE CALLS FOR DEDICATED CARGO PORTS

Nigeria’s Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has suggested the introduction of dedicated cargo ports to handle specific cargo types.

Dr Dakuku Peterside
Dr Dakuku Peterside

He made the suggestion at the recent four-day Oil Trading and Logistics Expo (OTL 2019) that was held on Victoria Island, Lagos.

Peterside said that having dedicated ports for different cargo types could improve shipping efficiencies on the African continent.

The current edition of OTL 2019, acknowledged as Africa’s biggest platform for downstream oil and gas businesses, brought together experts and stakeholders in the oil and gas as well as maritime sectors from across the continent and beyond to discuss the way forward for the shipping industry.

The theme for this year’s 13th annual conference…

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USCG HEALY RETURNS HOME

US Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) returned home on 2 November to Seattle following a three-month deployment to the Arctic in support of Coast Guard operations and multiple scientific research missions sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Office of Naval Research. All illustrations by Ensign Trevor Layman USCG ©United States Coast Guard and featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
US Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) returned home on 2 November to Seattle following a three-month deployment to the Arctic in support of Coast Guard operations and multiple scientific research missions sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Office of Naval Research. All illustrations by Ensign Trevor Layman USCG ©United States Coast Guard

Three-month deployment to the Arctic

On 2 November the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB 20) returned to her home port of Seattle following a three-month deployment to the Arctic in support of Coast Guard operations and multiple scientific research missions sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Office of Naval Research.

Healy is the nation’s premiere high-latitude research vessel and is one of the only US military surface vessels that operates in the ice-covered waters of the Arctic. Operating out of Seattle with a permanent crew of 87, Healy is the US Coast Guard’s largest cutter at 420-feet (128-metres) and a displacement of over 16,000 tons.

In the words of Captain MaryEllen Durley, Healy’s CO: “During our deployment, we successfully transited 14,000 nautical miles and spent 50 cumulative days above the Arctic Circle, reaching as far north as 81 degrees north latitude. As the Coast Guard’s sole Arctic icebreaker, we forged new relationships, trained new Arctic sailors, and conducted high latitude research that will help forecast the impact of seasonal ice formation critical to maintaining the Arctic maritime domain.”

Crewmembers of Healy conduct ice rescue training before establishing an ice station while operating in the Arctic Ocean on 18 September. Prior to allowing scientists and the rest of the crew on the ice floe, Healy's ice rescue team conducts training and establishes a safe area, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Crewmembers of Healy conduct ice rescue training before establishing an ice station while operating in the Arctic Ocean on 18 September. Prior to allowing scientists and the rest of the crew on the ice floe, Healy’s ice rescue team conducts training and establishes a safe area

As the nation’s primary maritime presence in the Polar Regions, the Coast Guard advances US national interests through a unique blend of polar operational capability, regulatory authority, and international leadership across the full spectrum of maritime governance.

Earlier this year the Coast Guard released the Arctic Strategic Outlook, reaffirming the service’s commitment to American leadership in the region through partnership, unity of effort, and continuous innovation.

Admiral Karl Schultz, commandant of the US Coast Guard commented: “While we focus our efforts on creating a peaceful and collaborative environment in the Arctic, we’re also responding to the impacts of increased competition in this strategically important region. Our continued presence will enable us to reinforce positive opportunities and mitigate negative consequences today and tomorrow.”

The Coast Guard has been a leader in the Arctic for over 150 years and the sole provider of the US nation’s polar icebreaking capability since 1965.

Presently, the Coast Guard maintains two icebreakers – the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a medium icebreaker, and the Polar Star, the United States’ only heavy icebreaker.

While Healy deploys annually to the Arctic, the 43-year-old Polar Star is the only cutter capable of supporting Operation Deep Freeze, the annual mission to maintain US presence in Antarctica.

If a catastrophic event, such as a shipboard fire or getting stuck in the ice, were to strand Healy in the Arctic or Polar Star near Antarctica, the US Coast Guard is left without a self-rescue capability.

By contrast, Russia currently operates more than 50 icebreakers – several of which are nuclear powered.

Forthcoming new tonnage

The Coast Guard is seeking to increase its icebreaking fleet with six new polar security cutters to ensure continued national presence and access to the Polar Regions.

In April, the Coast Guard awarded VT Halter Marine Inc of Pascagoula, Mississippi, a contract for the design and construction of the Coast Guard’s lead polar security cutter (PSC), which will be homeported in Seattle. The contract also includes options for the construction of two additional PSCs.

“The polar security cutters will support the full range of Coast Guard missions, to include search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental response, and national defense,” said Vice-Admiral Linda Fagan, the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area commander. “This investment will enable America to project presence in the Polar Regions.”

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

Healy crewmember Ensign Cody Williamson (left) oversees the deployment of an ice profiler by John Kemp and James Dunn of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute while on an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean on 19 September. The crew and scientists deployed numerous scientific sensors during the ice station to collect data for Arctic research, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Healy crewmember Ensign Cody Williamson (left) oversees the deployment of an ice profiler by John Kemp and James Dunn of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute while on an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean on 19 September. The crew and scientists deployed numerous scientific sensors during the ice station to collect data for Arctic research

 

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WAVE ENERGY COMES A STEP CLOSER IN PORTUGAL

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WaveRoller® towed in to position off the coast at Peniche in Portugal.

WaveRoller® to power up electricity for local homes

Finnish-based AW-Energy, a leading wave energy technology developer, has announced the first-of-a-kind commercially-ready offshore wave power generation device will soon go into operation.

AW-Energy has deployed its WaveRoller® device offshore at Peniche, a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal.

“I am delighted to confirm we have successfully installed WaveRoller® 820 metres offshore from Peniche. At this phase of the installation, we are collecting data 24/7 to monitor the performance of the device using motion, pressure and strain gauge sensors that are engineered in to its panel, foundation and bearings,” said Christopher Ridgewell, CEO of AW-Energy Oy.

He said the data being received indicates WaveRoller® is operating well and performance is in accordance with expectations.

Extended sea trials are being used to fine-tune the WaveRoller®’s control system to maximise its performance and yield. Engineers are also monitoring the device’s performance using the company’s next generation monitoring software which can be used to remotely access the device by any of the engineers from anywhere in the world and at any time, to help assess and manage the performance of WaveRoller®.

“The next phase of the project is injecting the power output to the Portuguese National Transmission Grid from the onshore substation,” says Ridgewell.

“Commissioning work is already in progress with the local authorities to connect the substation to the local grid which will ensure residents of Peniche can benefit from sustainable energy supply using wave energy.”

The deployment of WaveRoller® in Peniche is an important step forward in AW-Energy’s mission to test the end-to-end commercial and technical capabilities of its latest wave energy device. It demonstrates a long-term commitment by AW-Energy to invest in wave energy technology that provides electricity out-of-phase with local wind conditions and solar that needs the sun.

About AW-Energy Oy and WaveRoller®

AW-Energy Oy is a pioneer in the green economy and is the global leader in wave energy technology. Its flagship product, WaveRoller®, is a submerged wave energy converter based on a hinged panel that is attached to the sea bed in the near shore area. It generates electricity from the movement of the waves (surge phenomenon) and is connected to the electric grid onshore. The company is based in Finland and operates in multiple continents.

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MOSSEL BAY GARDEN ROUTE PORT FESTIVAL LINES UP FOR THIS WEEKEND

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The Port of Mossel Bay is the venue for this weekend’s Garden Route Port Festival taking place on Saturday and Sunday, 2-3 November in and around the port.

As with other Transnet National Ports Authority port festivals, the festivities at Mossel Bay are free and open to all, with a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment on offer.

At a media briefing on Thursday, Mossel Bay Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange said, “We are extremely excited about opening up our port once again so that we can educate the public on what happens here through a range of fun, family-friendly activities and demonstrations. We will also be aiming to promote awareness of the ports, maritime careers and business opportunities offered by this industry.”

Activities kick off on Saturday at 11h00 with a cadets display introducing the official opening and welcome, including brief addresses by Executive Mayor of the Mossel Bay Municipality, Alderman Harry Levendal, and Acting Chief Executive of Transnet National Ports Authority, Khomotso Phihlela.

Rugby World Cup final

For those who might be concerned about missing the big rugby match on Saturday (11h00 local time), there is no need to worry as there will be live screenings of the game at the festival’s beer garden and the main stage.

Colour Splash 5km Fun Run & Walk

On Saturday the 5km Garden Route Colour Splash takes place at 09h00, starting at the Station Street harbour entrance and finishing at Kaai 4 restaurant, with prizegiving after the event. Registration and pre-entries is taking place today (Friday, 1 November 2019) at the Mossel Bay Harriers Clubhouse at Van Riebeeck Stadium between 14h00 and 18h00. Late Entries will be allowed on Saturday at the Station Street Harbour Entrance between 06h00 and 07h45.

Fishing Competition

Fishing enthusiasts will be welcomed at the shoreline and deepsea fishing competition beginning at 05h00 on Saturday and running throughout the day at the Port Breakwater. Weigh-in is at 16h00 and there will be lots of prizes up for grabs. Shoreline entry is R100 per person and R50 for juniors (5 to 12 years old). Deepsea entries are R150 per person and R100 for juniors.

Visit the Lighthouse

The Cape St Blaize Lighthouse in Mossel Bay will be open to visitors free of charge on Saturday from 11h00 until 18h00 and Sunday from 11h00 until 16h00. Visitors will be able to climb the tower and learn more about the rich history of this structure built in 1864.

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Careers and Business Expo

The exhibition at Quay 4 will allow attendees to learn about the maritime industry, while corporates get to showcase their company. Participating organisations include Transnet, Afro Fishing, African Marine Solutions (AMSOL), the Dias Museum, ETA College, Francois Ferreira Academy, Hawks Crime Intelligence, Labotech SA, Vodacom, Petro SA, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), SAPS Da Gamaskop, Sea Harvest, South Cape College and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

Music and Entertainment

Highlights on the main stage will include performances by the likes of national hit-makers Kwesta on Saturday evening and Vusi Nova on Sunday afternoon, as well as a host of local artists including Mossel Bay Harmonic Voices, Die Wasgoedlyn, Soulistic Harmonies, G Minor, Anushka & Keenan, Gody, Fanatics SA, Beat Kings, Space Music, Hakkies Draad, DJ Catt and DJ Didge. Saturday night’s programme ends off with a spectacular laser display.

Competitions and Sports

Port-goers can compete for glory in a range of competitions, such as a talent show, fishing competition, snorkelling and scuba diving competitions, a potjie/fishbraai competition, the Amazing Race challenge, a Playstation gaming competition and the 5km Colour Splash fun run and walk. There will also be a kayak race, a speed boat race, as well as a skate park, boxing demos and beach soccer.

Kidz Stage and Activity Zone

Kids will be kept entertained by live performers as well as a special activity zone with rides and fun activities such as balloon art, face painting, donkey rides, jumping castles, climbing wall, 10metre slides and photo booths.

Markets & Expo

There will be an arts and crafts market showcasing the talents of local crafters and entrepreneurs, as well as a Smart Youth market where learners will compete against each other, as they put their entrepreneurial and creative skills to the test.

Port Festivals play an important role in TNPA’s drive to create Smart People’s Ports that best serve port communities. TNPA uses this platform to educate the public on what happens in its ports.

“We’re look forward to welcoming Garden Route visitors in their numbers to enjoy our interactive entertainment, all set within the environment of South Africa’s oldest working port,” said the Mossel Bay Port Manager.

NOTE : This report was first published in these columns on Friday 1 November 2019.

Tug rides and experiences galore at the Garden Route Port Festival this weekend, featured in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Tug rides and experiences galore at the Garden Route Port Festival this weekend

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