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FIRST VIEW: UMBILO

Launching of new Transnet tug Umbilo. Pc: Terry Hutson
Umbilo, flanked by the tug Pholela.  Picture: Terry Hutson

A view of Transnet’s latest tug UMBILO shortly before she entered the waters of Durban Bay which is to be her first and possibly only home. The tug was launched last Friday, 26 May from the Southern African Shipyards making use of the floating dock acquired specifically for this purpose. Umbilo is named for the river that rises in the western suburbs of greater Durban and enters the Bay of Natal (Durban Bay) at Bayhead via a co-joining with the Umhhlatuzana River, in close proximity to the shipyard where she was built. Umbilo is the sixth of nine tugs being built by SAS for Transnet National Ports Authority in a R1.4 billion contract, the largest ever contract awarded to a single South African firm. The tug measures 31 metres in overall length and has a 70 ton designed bollard pull. Of the nine tugs in the current order, four are destined for KZN ports, two at Richards Bay and two at Durban, of which Umbilo is the first for the latter port. This brings the number of tugs in Durban to nine, five of them Voith Schneider-propelled diesel-powered and the older four Schottel drive diesel-powered tugs.

As a note of interest or curiousity perhaps, none of the Durban tugs, which are all named or renamed after rivers in KZN, reflect the name of a river that flows into the sea on the South Coast. Only North Coast or inland rivers, plus now Durban Bay feature. We understand the names of the future tugs are already chosen, but dare we hope that the next one for Durban will carry the name of a South Coast River – Umkomaas or Umzimkulu perhaps? This picture is by Terry Hutson

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SIMON’S TOWN DOCKYARD TRANSFER & NAVAL BASE DURBAN CONVERSION ARE UNDERWAY, SAYS MINISTER

Simon's Town naval dockyard 2015 David Erickson
Simon’s Town naval base. In picture RFS Gold Rover(entering the dockyard) and SAS Isandlwana F146. Picture: David Erickson

The transfer of the Simon’s Town Naval Dockyard to the South African Navy is underway as recommended by the Defence Review 2015, says the minister of Defence and Military Veterans.

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was presenting her department’s Budget Vote in Parliament on Thursday (25 May 2017) and said that the multi-lateral agreement between the Department of Defence (DOD), Denel and ARMSCOR has…

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DJIBOUTI’S NEW MULITPURPOSE PORT OPENS OFFICIALLY

MPT at Port of Djibouti
Djibouti’s Doraleh Multipurpose Port

The first of four new terminals at the port of Djibouti has been officially opened last week, known as the Doraleh Multipurpose Port.

This is an extension or upgrade of the existing MPT at Doraleh which according to the Djibouti port authority is a “gateway to one of the fastest growing regions of the world with 30,000 ships transiting the port each year.

“Located on two of the…

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GOVT SAYS OPERATION PHAKISA MAKING WAVES IN OCEANS ECONOMY

Operationa Phakisa Blue Economy drive
South Africa’s Blue Economy, back in the limelight

Two years into its launch, Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy is making inroads and growing the aquaculture sector, according to government.

It syas that to date 450 direct jobs have been created and 2,000 additional tons of fish have been produced. This is a 35% increase for the sector, while a contribution of R500 million has been made to the country’s GDP.

This was announced by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana last week during his Budget Vote speech in the National Assembly.

The Oceans Economy is one of the three streams of Operation Phakisa and takes the country closer to unlocking the potential of South Africa’s oceans, which has the potential to contribute up to R177 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP) and create over one million new jobs by 2033.

The focus in the oceans economy has meant a new wave in aquaculture, making it one of the fastest growing food production sectors.

Aquaculture, also known as aquafarming, is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic plants. Aquaculture involves cultivating freshwater and saltwater populations under controlled conditions, and can be contrasted with commercial fishing, which is the harvesting of wild fish.

“The sector presents a good opportunity to diversify fish production to satisfy local demand (import substitution), food security, export opportunities, create jobs and contribute towards GDP,” the Minister said.

He said the new growth in aquaculture presents an enormous opportunity to bring new entrants in the sector as it grows and expands. It also presents an opportunity to bring in the youth, women and historically disadvantaged people into the sector.

Dense school of brown striped snapper (Xenocys jessiae),
Ocean Economy

“The sector can accommodate new entrants because of the nature of activities that are diverse from small scale to commercial, as well as different technology, methodologies and species.”

Meanwhile, Minister Zokwana said his department has put in place disaster risk mitigation measures to avert drought risks and to ensure that they are better dealt with when they occur.

“The drought conditions in 2015 and 2016 had a devastating impact on agriculture production throughout the country. These drought conditions, dare I say, appear to linger in the Western Cape as we gather today.”

The department will cooperate and lend support to the Western Cape, as it deals with the drought, the Minister assured.

During this financial year, the department will also develop a Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) strategic framework, which will contribute to the regulation, promotion, co-ordination and implementation of an effective CSA programme.

Furthermore, in this financial year, government will finalise the Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation Plan. – SAnews.gov.za

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STRATEGIC DONA AN BRIDGE ACROSS ZAMBEZI TO GET FACELIFT

Dona Ana Bridge over Zambezi, Tete Province
Mozambique’s impressive Dona Ana Bridge

After 86 years, the Dona Ana bridge, which spans the Zambezi River between the village of Nhamayabwe in Tete and Caia in Sofala province, is getting its first facelift.

The works, which are scheduled over 90 days, started last Tuesday and are budgeted at eight million meticais [around US$135 thousand at current exchange rates], at the expense of…

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2017 FLEET WEEK NEW YORK (FWNY) BEGAN 24 MAY

Sailors on board USS Kearsarge in New York
Sailors and Marines man the rails of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge as she passes the Statue of Liberty during the 29th annual Fleet Week New York’s Parade of Ships on 24 May. US Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Travis Simmons.
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Amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge rendered a seven-gun salute with US Army Garrison Fort Hamilton, with Fort Hamilton providing a 15-gun salute in return, 24 May.

In the words of Anthony Giovinco, US Navy Vietnam veteran and chief of staff and secretary of the United Military Veterans of Kings County Memorial Day Parade: “New York has…

Edited by Paul Ridgway
London

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INT’L: SCORPIO ACQUIRES 27 NAVIG8 TANKERS THROUGH MERGER

product tanker Navig8 Amazonte
Navig8 Amazonte

Scorpio Tankers Inc is to merge with Navig8 Product Tankers Inc and in the process will acquire Navig8’s 29 operating products tankers.

Four LR1 tankers will transfer into Scorpio’s fleet ahead of the merger with a cash consideration of US$42.2 million and the remainder will follow on the…

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CABINET APPROVES SOUTH AFRICA’S ROAD FREIGHT STRATEGY

MCI Reefer. Pic: Maersk

At the meeting held at Tuynhuys in Cape Town on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 Cabinet approved the Road Freight Strategy, which will ultimately enable South Africa to achieve best international standards of road-freight operations through an integrated regulatory and operational framework.

The Acting Director-General of the GCIS, Ms Phumla Williams, said: “Since the advent of democracy, South Africa has been reintegrated into the global economy and the volume of trade via road freight has grown substantially.

“The transport industry plays a leading role towards…

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : BRITISH SEAFARER

BP Shipping's British Seafarer at Durban, May 2017 Picture: Trevor Jones
British Seafarer. Picture: Trevor Jones

BP Shipping’s Mariner class oil products tanker BRITISH SEAFARER (45,999-dwt) enters Durban harbour last week to proceed to Island View tanker berths. The 183 metre long, 32.2m wide oil and refined products tanker carries a crew of 32 plus six others described as ‘workers’ – curious! Built last year at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co Limited in South Korea, she is registered in Douglas on the Isle of Man. BP Shipping operates with a fleet of 49 tankers, from Handysize to VLCCs. This picture is by Trevor Jones

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