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FIRST VIEW: CEPHEUS LEADER

Cepheus Leader in Durban harbour. Picture: Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Cepheus Leader. Picture: Keith Betts

NYK Line’s Ro-Ro car carrier CEPHEUS LEADER (62,571-GT) is seen in this picture on her berth at Durban’s car terminal, berth R, which lies at the base of the T-Jetty. NYK operates with a fleet of 119 Ro-Ro car carriers and carries more than 3.6 million motor cars around the world each year of which the Leader class forms a prominent role within the fleet. Cepheus Leader was built in 2006 at the Shin Kurushima Toyohashi Shipbuilding yard in Toyohashi, Japan. The 200-metre long ship as a maximum capacity of 6,200 motor cars. This picture is by Keith Betts

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CHINA PROPOSES ‘BLUE ECONOMIC PASSAGES’ TO CONNECT ASIA WITH AFRICA, OCEANIA & EUROPE

Cosc Asia, appearing in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Cosco Asia. Picture: Shipspotting

China has ambitious plans of including three ocean-based ‘blue economic passages’ that will connect Asia with Africa, Oceania, Europe and beyond, in a bid to advance maritime cooperation under the Belt and Road [New Silk Road] Initiative.

The proposal is included in “Vision for Maritime Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative,” which was released on Tuesday this week by the National Development and Reform Commission and the State Oceanic Administration, reports Xinhua.

China is willing to engage in…

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GHANA PORTS & HARBOURS AUTHORITY HAS NEW BOARD

GPHA's new Board of Directors,appearing in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
GPHA’s new Board of Directors

Ghana’s Minister of Transport, Kweku Ofori Asiamah has inaugurated and sworn-in an 11-member board of directors of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), the authority has announced.

Members of the Board include Paul Asare Ansah, Director General, GPHA, Edward Osei, Director of Tema Port, Capt Ebenezer Afadzi, Director of Takoradi Port and Twumasi-Ankra Selby, Chief Director, Ministry of Transport.

Other members include

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WELCOME COLUMBUS – A NEW CRUISE SHIP FOR BRITAIN

CMV's Columbus, appearing in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
CMV’s Columbus

After spending three weeks in the Damen dry dock Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has welcomed their new flagship COLUMBUS into the fleet.

The ship was launched from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in 1988 as Sitmar’s FAIRMAJESTY but entered service with Princess Cruises as STAR PRINCESS the following year. In 1997 she transferred to P&O Cruises who renamed her OCEAN VILLAGE. When the cruise company Ocean Village ceased operating the ship went back into P&O service, this time with P&S Australia who renamed the ship PACIFIC PEARL.

Now she has been transferred to CMV and renamed once again, this time as COLUMBUS. Last week CMV said they were thrilled to welcome her as their new flagship. In service she will cater for up to 1,400 people. Her renaming ceremony saw godmother to the ship Angela Rippon CBE performing the honours.

She reminded everyone present that Columbus discovered the New World of the Americas on 12 October 1492. “12th October is also my birthday,” she said.

Columbus pool deck. in Africa Ports & Ships maritime news
Columbus pool deck

Columbus will cruise year round from Tilbury. She sailed in glorious sunshine on 11 June on her maiden three night cruise with CMV to Amsterdam and Antwerp, with a brass band and confetti cannons to bid her bon voyage before taking up her schedule of cruises to the Norwegian Fjords, British Isles, Iceland, Baltic Cities, Canary Islands & Madeira, Scottish Highlights & Faroes, Spain, Portugal, France & Gibraltar and a spectacular 46-night voyage to Cuba, Central America & the Caribbean.

Triton Cape Sea Travel, who represent CMV in South Africa, says there is limited availability on these cruises but invites readers to enquire HERE for details.

Columbus joins the CMV fleet that includes the cruise ships Magellan, Marco Polo, Astor and Astoria giving CMV’s lower bed ocean fleet capacity to almost 5,000 berths.

Triton Cape Sea Travel booking hotline is 021 443 9030

“Book before 1st July 2017 and take advantage of our Buy One Get One Free deals for Summer 2018 cruises.”

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DREDGING COMPLETED AT MONROVIA FREEPORT

DEME dredger at Monrovia, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news

Liberia’s National Port Authority (NPA) announced this week that dredging of the Freeport of Monrovia has been completed to a depth of 13.5 metres, and in some places to 14.5 metres.

The port will now be able to handle much…

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NEWS IN BRIEF FROM THE PORTS OR SOUTHERN AFRICA

Naval visits in Cape Town

INS Tarkash, London, May 2017, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
INS Tarkash in London in May this year

Two naval visitors to Cape Town are currently in port, though at different locations. The Chinese naval research ship DENG JIAXIAN is berthed at F berth and is due to sail today (22 June), while the Indian frigate INS TARKASH (F50) has gone to the V&A where she will be more easily available to the visiting public.

INS Tarkash arrived this week from Walvis Bay. The vessel is equipped with…

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ROLLS ROYCE & SVITZER INTRODUCE WORLD’S FIRST REMOTELY-CONTROLLED COMMERCIAL VESSEL

Svitzer Hermod, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Svitzer Hermod

Rolls-Royce and global towage operator Svitzer have successfully demonstrated the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel in Copenhagen harbour, Denmark.

Earlier this year, one of Svitzer´s tugs, the 28m long Svitzer Hermod, safely conducted a number of remotely controlled manoeuvres. From the quay side in Copenhagen harbour the vessel’s captain, stationed at the vessel’s remote base at Svitzer headquarters, berthed the vessel alongside the quay, undocked, turned 360°, and…

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SPECULATION MOUNTS OVER COSCO TAKEOVER OF OOCL

World's largest container ship (for now), OOCL Hong Kong, Picture: Shipspotting, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
World’s largest container ship (for now), OOCL Hong Kong, Picture: Shipspotting

Speculation is mounting that the Chinese state-owned shipping group Cosco is poised to take over Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Ltd, the parent company of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).

Amid the usual denials from both parties the stock is moving in accordance with the rumours and reports, the share price of Orient Overseas Ltd rising more than 9% in just two days this week. Reports suggest an announcement of the takeover will be made on 1 July, when China’s President Xi Jinping makes his first official visit as president to Hong Kong.

The speculation is accompanied by comments that mid-size OOCL will have little chance of competing with the giant groups now shaping in world container shipping and that consolidation with another group or groups is inevitable.

Should such an amalgamation take place, French shipping giant CMA CGM could find itself pushed out of third position in the unofficial rankings of container liner companies, making the Cosco/OOCL group next largest in capacity at 3.1 million TEU behind Maersk (number 1) and MSC.

In May this year OOCL, which is a member of the Ocean Alliance along with Cosco, CMA CGM and Evergreen, took delivery of the world’s largest container ship, the 21,413-TEU OOCL HONG KONG, which was described by chairman CC Tung as a bold step of operating bigger ships in order to stay relevant and to compete in terms of quality and efficiency. OOCL is a family-led container shipping company.

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RESHAPING THE FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE FOR AFRICAN CITIES

While Africa’s cities are growing rapidly in population, they are developing informally as current urban planning has proven to be ineffective, and private development is often deterred by opaque or inappropriate regulations

Johannesburg — Researchers predict that in 2030, Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa will each have to cater for over 20 million people, while Luanda, Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg will have crossed the 10 million mark. By 2035, close to 30 million people could live in Lagos alone, turning Nigeria’s commercial hub into the largest megacity on the continent.

While Africa’s cities are growing rapidly in population, they are developing informally as current urban planning has proven to be ineffective, and private development is often deterred by opaque or inappropriate regulations.

When it comes to investments in infrastructure, industrial and commercial structures, and affordable formal housing, African cities have, until now, failed to keep pace with the concentration of people. In Dar es Salaam, 28% of residents live at least three to a room; in Abidjan, that number rises to 50%; And in Lagos, Nigeria, two out of three people dwell in slums.

The World Bank’s African Cities report has also found that in cities like Antananarivo, Madagascar; Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo; and Harare, Zimbabwe, non-contiguous built-up areas are scattered throughout the centre, with more than 30% of land within 5 kilometres of the city centre still left unbuilt.

In Ghana, buying land has often proved difficult when people often try and sell land that may not even be theirs. Others even end up building on land thinking they own it; only to find out when they need a loan that the land is not theirs.

Tackling the problem with land registration, Benben is a digital land registry and transaction system that was designed to solve a number of the inefficiencies in land administration currently experienced in Ghana, aiming to promote investment and encourage transparent property management in the region in future.

“With the inevitable population growth, African cities have an exciting opportunity to embrace technology to leapfrog ahead of the world in terms of affordable services and smart cities. Through adopting innovative technologies such as blockchain and AI there is the potential to uplift millions of people into prosperity and the formal economy,” comments Daniel Bloch, Co-founder, BenBen.

Springing African cities from this low development trap, how else can governments and institutions begin to properly address Africa’s need for better urban infrastructure and affordable housing? Are developers involved in real estate development in Africa looking at the right solutions, using architectural and planning approaches that are more than just mere carbon copies of cities elsewhere in the world?

“The problem of rapid urbanisation is a wicked problem that requires developers and their professional teams to think more systemically. We still find too many examples of Western products, systems and technology been implemented in Africa that is not appropriate for our conditions. We need to ensure that whatever we implement has an African lens applied to it. We need to have empathy and place our people at the centre of everything we do. We call this African design innovation.” Abbas Jamie, Director Innovation and Transformation Aurecon Africa

Over the next 20 years, the rapid growth of Africa’s urban populations is expected to thrust new demand for infrastructure, housing and other physical structures, and amenities. To meet this new demand, city leaders and planners need adaptable strategies.

Providing a forum for experts, town planners, city municipalities and Africa’s largest real estate and built environment developers and investors to debate and craft a vision of what an African city should look like, the API Summit & Expo 2017 ( www.APIsummit.co.za) Future Cities Africa sub-conference will look at how African governments and institutions can help formalize land markets, clarify property rights, and better leverage off land values to finance Africa’s urban development.

“As Africa faces a new reality, we must accept that the continent cannot move forward without proper discussions around the planning, infrastructure and urban development requirements of African cities in order for them to thrive and grow. New to the API Summit & Expo 2017, the Future Cities Africa sub-conference will take an in depth look into how African Cities can better open its doors to the world while creating more economically dense and inclusive urban areas,” says Kfir Rusin, Managing Director for API Events ( www.APIevents.com).

“In order for African cities to bridge the economic, socio-political gaps they currently face, we need to pay special focus on how we can create sustainable, connected cities. Without them, Africa’s growth and development will remain sluggish, and uncertain. The answers to these key issues will not only help to develop Africa’s future cities, but will ultimately have a positive influence on the growth of the real estate market for the rest of the continent,” Rusin concludes.

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QM2 in Cape Town. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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PIC OF THE DAY : JOSCO DEZHOU

Josco Dezhou arriving in Durban. Picture by Keith Betts, appearing in Africa PORTS & SHIPS maritime news
Josco Dezhou. Picture: Keith Betts

The bulk carrier JOSCO DEZHOU (61,657-dwt) arrived in the Port of Durban earlier this month. Built in 2014 the bulker is owned and operated by Josco, based in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. Josco is an acronym of Jiangsu Ocean Shipping Company, an ocean shipping and international forwarding company since 1980, which operates with a fleet of a little more than 20 ships. Josco Dezhou was built at the COSCO Nantong Shipyard in Nantong, China and flies the flag of Hong Kong. This picture is by Keith Betts

 

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